Drug service ruled to be no threat to retail

The occupancy of a vacant credit union building in the core shopping area of a Leicestershire town by a substance misuse centre has been permitted on the grounds that it would not pose a danger to retail viability or vitality.

The centre would be open to members of the public seeking information and advice on drugs and alcohol. The inspector reasoned that providing the service in the town centre would help ensure its accessibility by public transport. He found no evidence to substantiate safety concerns. He concluded that the proposal would provide a valuable local service and saw no reason why the loss of a financial and professional services use would cause harm.

DCS Number 100-050-410

Inspector Jeremy Youle; Written representations.

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