Bazaar-type shop units maintain centre vitality

Subdividing a shop unit within a secondary shopping frontage in a south London town centre would not undermine the vitality and viability of the centre because it would expand the retail offer.

Eight small bazaar-type shop units would be created which would provide more affordable units for some businesses, the inspector held. This included business which did not require extensive floor areas such as mobile phone repair shops, accessory retailers, hairdressers and jewellery shops. While the secondary shopping area was dominated by Asian retailing the inspector did not believe that the subdivision would prevent mainstream retailers from moving into the centre. Since the scheme would not lead to an increase in retail space, the inspector also concluded that it would not lead to an excessive increase in traffic or delivery vehicles.

Inspector: Rachael Pipkin; Written representations

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