CASEBOOK: Appeal cases - Retail Development - Qualitative need for store extension accepted

A proposal to extend a Tesco store at an out-of-centre retail and leisure park in East Sussex has been permitted following a call-in inquiry on the grounds that the developer had demonstrated sufficient need for the additional floorspace.

The existing store was to be extended from 4,608 sq m to 6,186 sq m gross floorspace.

The deputy prime minister agreed with his inspector that there was sufficient spare expenditure in the convenience and comparison sectors to support the proposed extension. He noted that the evidence on quantitative need was presented on both a business-based and a goods-based basis, although the latter was now preferred.

In qualitative terms, he judged that there was a need for the extension in terms of more circulation space, better facilities for the disabled and a greater choice of goods for those living nearby. He also agreed with his inspector's findings in favour of the development on the issues of compliance with the sequential test, impact on existing centres and conformity with PPG13 principles.

DCS No: 34296402; Inspector: Christina Downes; Inquiry.

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