Supermarket would not harm living conditions of neighbours

A proposal to create a retail supermarket together with a second dual alternative A1 or A2 use at a former car showroom in London has been allowed as it would not materially harm the living conditions of nearby residents.

The main issue was the effect of the proposed retail supermarket on the living conditions of the occupiers of adjoining dwellings with regard to activity, noise and general disturbance particularly in the morning and late at night. An inspector found that through a condition to limit the times of deliveries the noise impact of vehicle activity could be appropriately controlled in the morning and late at night whilst during other periods such incidents would not be uncharacteristic of the area. There was evidence to demonstrate that the proposed use would result in an increase in general noise but the extent of the change would be small.

Many interested parties had expressed concern that the proposed supermarket would sell alcohol which would lead to anti-social behaviour and an increase in crime and disorder, changing the character of the area. The inspector found that the suitability of the appeal site for the sale of alcohol was a matter for the relevant licensing authority.

Inspector: Kevin Gleeson; Written representations

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