Friday, January 12, 2018


North Lincolnshire Council planners are about to consider an application from a well-known retailer seeking permision to build a new store in the Brigg area, creating around 15 jobs.
The proposal involves a single-storey neighbourhood foodstore, the creation of a new vehicular and pedestrian access, car parking, external plant equipment, landscaping and associated works.
Lincolnshire Co-operative Ltd wants to develop the convenience store on land  adjacent to 47 West Street, Scawby, and open seven days a week from 7am.
The application will be considered by North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee when it meets at Scunthorpe Civic Centre, off Ashby Road, on Wednesday, January 17, from 2pm.
The council previously refused an application from the same firm relating to this site.
Planners then felt that the proposed neighbourhood food store, by virtue of its siting, scale, height and design, would remove a significant part of an Area of Amenity Importance along the West Street frontage, thereby adversely affecting the open character and setting of this part of Scawby.
However, following that refusal, agents for the applicant say it has been "revisited to address the concerns raised with the previous scheme."
A North Lincolnshire Council report prepared ahead of the committee's January meeting says: "This proposal is seeking to overcome the previous reason for refusal, with the The proposed   store has been moved further to the south with  a reduction in the overall height.
The architect has sought to maximise the distance between the proposed store and the conservation area boundary "to reduce the perceived impacts."
Planting has been increased at the northern and western boundary "to further mitigate the visual impact of the proposed store."
Hard-standing within the car park area and the service yard area has been reduced.
The latest scheme also has a reduction in car parking spaces from 37 (including two accessible spaces) to 31 spaces (including two accessible spaces).
The pedestrian access into the site has been rearranged so that access to the site is direct from the zebra crossing, to improve accessibility.
Council planning staff are recommending that the committee approves the latest application, which is deemed to be of "significant public interest."
The staff report says "The main issues in the determination of this application are the principle of development, impact on the character and appearance of the area/conservation area, impact on residential amenity and highway issues."
Elected councillors on the committee will now decide whether to give the go-ahead.
The committee's chairman is Coun Nigel Sherwood (Brigg & Wolds).
Interested members of the public may attend Wednesday's committee meeting to see the application being considered.