Controversial new Co-op due to go ahead

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Councillors were set to give the go ahead for a controversial new supermarket to be built in a town centre, despite opposition from traders.

North Lincolnshire Council planning committee was due to decide whether to grant planning permission for a convenience foodstore on land to the north of Johnsons Lane, near the Market Place in Crowle.

Under the proposals, the 2,873 sq ft store would be operated by the Lincolnshire Co-op.

Crowle Town Council could not come to a resolution on the plans due to a split vote and it therefore made no comments on the application.

A petition of 345 signatures was sent to North Lincolnshire Council objecting to the development.

Objectors said there were existing access and egress issues into Market Place, Johnson’s Lane and the High Street and the development of a retail unit would exacerbate the problem.

They added the current parking availability was insufficient to allow for access to a large retail store.

The introduction of further retail premises would harm the viability of existing retail stores in the town centre.

One letter of objection was received stating that the proposed store would result in a loss of amenity due to noise from deliveries, litter and would lead to anti-social behaviour.

However, a letter of support said the supermarket would improve footfall in the Market Place and help existing businesses.

The recommendation put before the committee yesterday was to grant planning permission subject to conditions.

The main issues for councillors to consider included the design of the building and its impact on the Crowle Conservation Area - and whether or not there was need for a convenience store at the location.

Under the North Lincolnshire Local Plan there is support for proposals of this type and it was noted that the issue of competition with other traders is not a material planning consideration and could not be considered further. The proposed development would not materially harm the character of the area nor the living conditions of neighbouring occupiers and would be acceptable in all other planning considerations.

Conservative councillor John Briggs is among those supporting the plans.

He said: “I have written a letter to the planning committee in support of the application.”