Decision on Co-op plan for Humberston Motors site

Co-op plan for Humberston Motors site rejected

Decision on Co-op plan for Humberston Motors site

A scheme to build a Co-op store and Cooplands bakery on Humberston Road in Cleethorpes has been rejected by planners.

The aim was to demolish the existing Humberston Motors car dealership building and erect a single-storey replacement to create the two food shop units, along with car parking and landscaping.

However the plan was refused on the grounds that it would affect other businesses in the area.

“A change in the retail hierarchy would be likely to have an adverse impact on established local centres including the existing designated local centre on Humberston Road,” according to North East Lincolnshire Council documents.

The applicant, Mark Warrior of Harrogate, claimed there was “a direct need for this development and a need for it to be at this location, and that the development would secure the comprehensive redevelopment of Humberston Motors” and said shops in this location would “reduce the need for residents to travel”.

This was supported by a petition from neighbours, on the grounds that it would offer local access to services, improve the area and create greater customer choice, as well as letters from people living nearby.

A resident of Park Lane said: “I believe this proposal would be a positive development for the area.

“The immediate vicinity consists of many homes that only have Tesco or Spar as local food shopping opportunities (McColls isn’t really in the same game). These new shops would mean easy access on foot for many people. The new buildings would also be considerably more attractive than the existing business premises.”

However the plan, which was recommended for refusal, was also opposed by people in the vicinity.

One in Humberston Road stated it would be of “detriment to the neighbourhood” adding: “Volume of traffic already creates problems exiting and entering our property and if this planning goes ahead there will be more problems i.e. delivery vehicles as well as prospective customers, people parking on or near the hazardous bend. School children crossing an already busy road could be an accident waiting to happen.”

It is not yet known whether there will be an appeal.

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