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Ulverston supermarket row set to reignite

ULVERSTON residents are bracing themselves, as an argument that has raged for years could be set to begin again.

PROPOSAL A computer-generated image showing how a new supermarket at the Robinsons brewery site in Ulverston could look, above. The elevated view shows Brewery Street car park and supermarket.

The long-running debate over plans for a supermarket in Brewery Street, Ulverston could go back to square one after a judicial review in Manchester on September 30.

South Lakeland District Council granted Frederic Robinson Ltd permission in April 2013 to build a supermarket in Brewery Street.

But if a judge finds that SLDC did not follow proper planning procedure, the council will be forced to review the application in full.

Should that happen, pro-supermarket campaigners Ulverston Progress are calling on residents to register their support for the proposed store.

The group has produced a draft letter of support for the supermarket which it plans to send to SLDC should the judge rule against the council.

The letter reads: “In the event that a judicial review finds any failure in the planning procedure, we urge SLDC to quickly correct the errors and affirm the planning consent as being in the best interests of the town.”

The group also outlines ideas to boost independent local shops.

Suggestions include increasing the number of available indoor market stalls, making the town centre more pedestrian- friendly and converting one of the town’s ginnels into an arcade for covered shopping.

The legal challenge was launched by campaign group Keep Ulverston Special who are opposed to the development and argue that plans were not properly assessed by SLDC officials.

Planning expert Professor John Whitelegg has highlighted the potential problem of increased traffic on Ulverston’s busy streets and branded the plans “absolutely appalling”.

Ulverston Progress spokesman Roger Martlew said: “If there is something wrong with the planning application then there is somthing wrong and I don’t have any bones about that.

“Part of this is to get people to recognise that if they don’t use the town centre they will lose it.”

Have your say

Judging by the increasingly common sight of refrigerated delivery trucks calling at houses in my street at all hours of the day and night the prospect of a supermarket in Ulverston is becoming less and less viable.

Posted by Redneck Rampage on 11 August 2014 at 23:47

H.Bruce.... When I go to work the Butcher , Baker and Grocer are not open yet, When I get home from work the Butcher, Baker and Grocer are shut. WHAT USE IS THAT ? oh sorry I forgot, Im in the minority that still has to work for a living.....and then waste more time and fuel driving to a Barrow supermarket after work.

Posted by Ulverston Fella on 4 August 2014 at 09:14

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