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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Ulverston supermarket’s final identity ‘irrelevant’

DEVELOPERS have criticised Ulverston Town Council for voting against controversial plans for a supermarket at the former Robinsons brewery site – but still refuse to say who would occupy it.

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CONCERNS A computer generated image of the new supermarket in Ulverston

The application for a 19,000sq ft store came under fire at Monday’s council meeting, with councillors unwilling to support the plans without knowing which company would operate it.

But developers say the end-user is irrelevant.

A statement issued on behalf of Robinsons says the proposed development will enhance the vitality and viability of the town centre, while respecting Ulverston’s character.

A spokesman said: “The name of the supermarket operator should not be relevant to the determination of the planning application.

“We have worked with top-four supermarkets to satisfy them that the proposed development is suitable for their needs.”

Developers also say they have worked closely with a number of organisations – including English Heritage, the Highways Agency and both the county and district councils – to make sure the plans are suitable.

While a number of residents spoke against the application on Monday night, planners say the concerns raised have been adequately addressed.

They claim the scheme will bring improvements to Brewery Street and Union Street, as well as resurfacing of the Buxton Place and Brewery Street car parks.

The statement adds that the development could be the catalyst for major new investment in Ulverston town centre, and create more than 200 jobs.

South Lakeland District Council’s planning committee will now decide whether or not to follow the town council’s recommendation.

Have your say

Now we know the truth. A document issued by consultants on behalf of Robinsons and put on the Council planning website today states there is no tenant.

Posted by ulverston2025 on 18 March 2013 at 20:27

Please not more residential accomodation, Cons club, Glaxo club already turned into flats where Eddie sharps and garage were into flats, upper floors of county stores into flats, old job centre planning permission for flats............... where will all these people shop

Posted by steffers on 17 March 2013 at 15:24

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