Store gets the green light from planners - but with conditions

A CONTROVERSIAL new supermarket in Crowle has been given the go ahead by councillors, but only if it meets strict building regulations.

Lincolnshire Co-op has been told by North Lincolnshire Council it can build the 2,873 square feet store on a section of land north of Johnson’s Lane.

But the permission was only granted on the provision that the new store is in keeping with historic buildings in the area.

Before making their decision councillors were presented with a petition from 345 people living in and around the Crowle area who were opposing the site on the basis of access issues, the impact of independent stores and that residents did not feel it necessary to introduce another food store to the area.

Objectors had argued that there were existing access and egress issues into Market Place, Johnson’s Lane and the High Street, which would all be made much worse by the introduction of site workers and then people using the shop.

It was also argued that noise and dust created by the works would be damaging to businesses and residents in nearby properties.

But other residents and business owners felt bringing in a well- known branded store could actually be a good thing for the town.

In a statement put to the council’s planning committee, Dr Angus Townly of Church Lane, supported the application.

He said it would increase the number of people visiting Crowle from outside the area, which would in turn benefit other businesses in the town.

The new site, being developed by LCS Property Ltd, will feature 20 off-road car parking spaces, including two disabled bays, and extra space for four bicycle parking bays.

The outside of the building will be constructed in pre-approved council materials in a bid to stay in keeping with the surrounding area, as part of a 26 point condition list to be met by the Co-op before works start.

The conditions also included limits on times works could be carried out, strict guidelines as to where work materials could be left, access issues and that certain archeological features on the site will be preserved.

In a statement relating to the decision, Phil Wallis, Head of Development Management for North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Subject to compliance of the conditions, the proposed development would be in accordance with the development plan, would not materially harm the character of the area , nor the living conditions of neighbouring occupiers.

“The council has taken into account all other matters, none of which outweigh the considerations that have led to its decision.”

Two full time and 12 part-time positions will be created when the store opens.