Boots secures variation in range of goods

Boots UK Ltd secured permission to occupy a retail warehouse on a shopping park in Kent because it would not have a significant impact on the vitality and viability of existing centres.

The existing condition restricted goods which the company wished to sell. These included cosmetics and toiletries, pharmaceutical products, toys and cameras. An inspector concluded that the impact assessment undertaken by the company ‘amply’ demonstrated that the amount of trade diverted from existing centres would be negligible. Indeed, the main effects would fall on existing supermarkets which increasingly sold the type of goods proposed to be sold.

The company had confirmed that its existing store in a nearby town centre would remain open and the council did not refute the predicted impact figures, and its planning officers had recommended that permission be granted. A revised condition was imposed allowing the additional goods to be sold.

Inspector Paul Dobsen; Hearing

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