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Saturday, 04 July 2015

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Ulverston store plan set to get go-ahead

DELAYED planning permission for a new supermarket in Ulverston may be officially granted within days.

Despite getting the green light from councillors back in April, developers behind the new store at the former Robinsons brewery site have had to agree a series of conditions with planning officers.

However, recent correspondence and amended designs suggest an agreement could be reached as early as this week.

An email sent to developers on June 28 by South Lakeland District Council planning officer Kate Lawson describes amended plans as “acceptable from a planning point of view”.

She then said a decision notice was to be drafted ahead of the approved designs being formally submitted – which they were on Wednesday.

Tony Clowes, managing director of Positive Location Properties, which has overseen the application, said an agreement had been reached in principle with planners.

However, the supermarket could yet face opposition in the form of a legal challenge.

Undeterred by the decision of the Department for Communities and Local Government not to call-in the decision, members of campaign group Keep Ulverston Special are currently looking at another way to block the new supermarket.

The group says it is currently consulting with lawyers about challenging the decision on the grounds a proper environmental impact assessment was not carried out.

The group has questioned South Lakeland District Council’s decision not to insist on a full assessment, given the scale of the development.

Ceri Hutton, a member of KUS, said: “This is a massive development that would actually have a potentially serious impact on the area. Why not do one?

“An environmental impact assessment is meant to understand what potential benefits, but also damage, could be caused in the area.”

She said she could not understand the decision to insist on the assessment being properly carried out.

She added that Save Britain’s Heritage agreed that a proper assessment was needed in this case.

The name of the supermarket operator that is expected to occupy the new supermarket has yet to be revealed, although developers have hinted that an announcement could be made shortly after planning permission is officially granted.

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Kus should now be gracious in defeat and refrain from these undignified last minute clutching at straws.

Posted by redneck rampage on 22 July 2013 at 10:34

Kus should now be gracious in defeat and refrain from these undignified last minute clutching at straws.

Posted by redneck rampage on 22 July 2013 at 10:27

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