The 1.1ha site lay close to a Lidl supermarket and a Matalan store. The appellants argued that there was no demand for industrial or business use of the site. While acknowledging that some retail development had been permitted elsewhere on the estate in the 1990s, the city council pointed out that more recent attempts to secure further retail development had been resisted.
The reporter noted that a local plan policy supported the provision of local shops but judged that there was a clear policy objection to a 2,000 sq m store serving a relatively wide catchment area. The appellants had failed to assess the need for the development or the availability of sequentially preferable sites, he ruled. The earlier permissions for retail development in the area were no basis to justify a further breach of well-established retail and employment land policies, he added.
DCS No: 30424921; Reporter: Philip Hutchison; Written representations.