Customer parking time reduced at discount food store

Aldi Stores Ltd has secured a variation in the terms of a condition which restricted the free parking time allowed to users of one of its stores in east Sussex also securing a full award of costs in pursuing the appeal.

The condition limited parking time to a maximum of two hours and the company wished this to be reduced to one and a half hours. In recommending the application for approval the officers had concluded that whilst some people would be disadvantaged it had the benefit of potentially increasing the number of linked shopping and other trips to a district shopping centre.

In making his decision the inspector decided that a balance had to be struck between ensuring adequate spaces to meet the needs of shoppers to the supermarket whilst also allowing users adequate time to gain access to shops and services in the centre. It would ensure a greater turnover of spaces and this would benefit the shopping centre through increased footfall. On the other hand some users of the centre would be adversely affected because of the reduced parking time. On balance he decided that reducing the permitted time by 30 minutes was appropriate and in going against the advice of its officers, inadequate justification for maintaining the two hour limit had been provided. The council had therefore delayed development which should have been permitted.

Inspector: S Papworth; Written representations


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