Casebook: Appeal cases - Retail Development. Freezer cabinet held no bar to town centre plans

The retention of a freezer cabinet attached to a butcher's market stall in a Lincolnshire town has been allowed after an inspector decided that it would not prejudice the redevelopment of the area.

The stall had traded for many years and various temporary permissions had been granted for the cabinet, the last of which had expired. A local plan policy indicated that the council would actively promote the development of additional shopping and leisure facilities in the town centre. But the inspector found no specific redevelopment proposals that would affect the appeal site.

He was unclear how retaining the cabinet would prejudice the area's redevelopment.

He also reasoned that since the appellant leased the site from the council, it could terminate the lease. In the meantime, he considered that the stall and freezer cabinet would contribute to the town centre's vitality.

DCS No: 100039289; Inspector: Michael Hurley; Written representations.

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