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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Judge to review Ulverston supermarket plan in autumn

A DATE has been set for a judicial review into plans for a 20,000sq ft Ulverston supermarket which has divided public opinion.

A judge will review South Lakeland District Council’s decision to grant drinks firm Frederic Robinson Ltd permission to develop its Ulverston site at a hearing in Manchester on September 30.

The decision came following a formal complaint from campaign group Keep Ulverston Special.

Fewer than one in five planning disputes go to this stage.

But the move has been criticised by some residents who believe a new store would be beneficial to local families and boost the town’s economy.

A survey of Evening Mail readers revealed that 75 per cent of residents are in favour of a supermarket in Brewery Street.

One reader said: “I live in Ulverston and I can’t believe people are still not backing a supermarket.

“Ulverston is a ghost town, visitors are disappearing at a premium.”

Another suggested that a new store would provide a welcome alternative to existing shops: “What about the people who cannot afford Booths, Tesco or the Co-op?

“I think the town needs either an Aldi or Lidl. It would create jobs and people would be able to feed their families economically.”

In order to raise the legal fees to fight the case, KUS has taken to crowdfunding website indiegogo.com with more than £1,000 raised so far.

Cerri Hutton, chairwoman of KUS, said: “People are being brilliant, we can’t thank them enough.

“There have been some big donations which are fantastic, but many have been small, £2 here, £5 there.

“Anything you can spare helps climb this hill, we are fighting for the heart of our town, and against planning decisions which ignored their own local plan and evidence.”

The campaign has the backing of Professor John Whitelegg and conservation charity Save Britain’s Heritage.

An SLDC spokesman said: “At this hearing the claimant will have the opportunity to present their case and the council and the developer will have the opportunity to present their case.

“Council officers remain confident that there are no grounds for setting aside the decision of the council’s planning committee to grant planning permission.

“The council will presenting a case on this basis at the full hearing of this matter.”

Have your say

Having just visited your town with a view to moving here with partner who interviewed for a local employer who is seeking to expand thus increase local employment and inject some obviously much needed money into your locally economy I can see why said company is finding it extreemly difficult to attract suitabley qualified professionals to live and work in Ulverston,

Other than its geographical location and natural beauty it is indeed a ghost town (and have grown up in a northern town which has gone the same way believe me I know one when I see one)

who ever wants to keep ulverston special must be living in a parallel universe its nto special its like a lot of england dying on its behind!

I understand wanting to retain varied and independants shops but honestly you havent got anything worth the visit

Really hoping my partner isnt successful at interview cos as it stands I wouldnt move there for a million pounds a week

and really feel sorry and disappointed for the young folks as there is nothing for them but the road out

Posted by a recent visitor on 21 July 2014 at 07:07

Having just visited your town with a view to moving here with partner who interviewed for a local employer who is seeking to expand thus increase local employment and inject some obviously much needed money into your locally economy I can see why said company is finding it extreemly difficult to attract suitabley qualified professionals to live and work in Ulverston,

Other than its geographical location and natural beauty it is indeed a ghost town (and have grown up in a northern town which has gone the same way believe me I know one when I see one)

who ever wants to keep ulverston special must be living in a parallel universe its nto special its like a lot of england dying on its behind!

I understand wanting to retain varied and independants shops but honestly you havent got anything worth the visit

Really hoping my partner isnt successful at interview cos as it stands I wouldnt move there for a million pounds a week

and really feel sorry and disappointed for the young folks as there is nothing for them but the road out

Posted by a recent visitor on 21 July 2014 at 07:04

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