Comprehensive plan-led development prevails

An inspector decided against a retail scheme that would prejudice comprehensive mixed development of an allocated site and a council’s aspirations for an adjacent shopping parade in the suburbs of a Hampshire village.

400-027-480 (Image Credit: New Forest DC)
400-027-480 (Image Credit: New Forest DC)

The appeal site, occupied by a sui generis garage and car showroom use, was proposed to be formed into a 363 sqm convenience store and a hot food takeaway. The site, together with a former dairy depot to the rear, had been allocated for housing with ground floor commercial uses on the frontage to extend and complement an existing shopping parade and with potential for residential use on the upper floors. The inspector was clear that simply reinterpreting the existing building for retail use in isolation was not good planning as it failed to co-ordinate with development of the remainder of the allocation and would not be an effective use of the land. He also considered that the shop would replicate an existing convenience store and therefore not improve the retail offer provided by the local centre as planned by the council.

In respect of parking, notwithstanding a sufficient overall level of car parking spaces, the inspector concluded that the shop would not make sufficient provision for long-stay cycle parking, and the location and layout of some of the car parking spaces and short stay cycle parking made them difficult to use and potentially put pedestrians in conflict with cars. He dismissed the appeal.

Inspector: Robin Buchanan; Written representations


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