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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Appeal to be lodged over Ulverston supermarket refusal

THE developers behind a failed bid to build a new Sainsbury's supermarket in Ulverston will appeal.

Planners who worked alongside the supermarket giant said there was still interest in building a store on land at the Beehive, just off the A590 in Ulverston.

Yesterday, the public hearing into South Lakeland District Council’s land allocation document, which earmarks the site for high-tech development, was told the site should be used instead for retail purposes.

Richard Woodford, partner at HOW Planning, said: “The appeal will be going in in due course.”

The announcement promises to draw out the saga even further, as an appeal will not be lodged until a decision has been made on a rival supermarket bid from Robinsons.

SLDC’s planning committee agreed to support the plans for a store at the former brewery site but planning officers have yet to negotiate the conditions.

The designation of the Beehive site for high-tech development was a major factor in the decision to turn down the application back in April.

Mr Woodford argued yesterday it will be too costly to create a business and science park at the site.

He said: “There is an opportunity here to bring forward a site that will be deliverable.”

He said Rawdon Property, which was a co-applicant with Sainsbury's, would have appealed sooner but uncertainty over the Robinsons application has left them “in limbo”.

It is not clear if Sainsbury's would be involved in the appeal process.

Stephen Morgan-Hyland, of Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners, rejected Mr Woodford’s suggestions that the brewery site is “too expensive” and will become a “white elephant”.

Meanwhile, Harry Knowles, chief executive of Furness Enterprise, defended the decision to allocate the Beehive site for high-tech business use.

He said the supermarket plans “will leave no room for future development”.

Yesterday’s hearing also covered a number of other sites across Furness, with questions raised over the safety impact of the proposed level of development in Swarthmoor.

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