Juice bar would undermine primary shopping area

The change of use of a shop to a juice bar within a Northamptonshire town centre would undermine the council's retail policies.

The premises lay within a primary shopping area and primary shopping frontage. The proportion of retail uses had already fallen to below an 80 per cent threshold for the frontage as defined within a central area action plan and the scheme would erode this further, an inspector held. The proposal would also result in four non-food uses occupying adjacent units. The property was not vacant and no overriding need for a juice bar had been provided.

Inspector: S Harley; Written representations

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