Opposition to Morrisons expansion repeated despite inspector ruling

Opposition to Morrisons expansion repeated despite inspector ruling

Opposition to Morrisons expansion repeated despite inspector ruling

First published in News

A senior councillor has labelled the decision to allow a supermarket to extend its flagship town store as “perverse”.

Earlier this month an independent planning inspector overturned Braintree Council’s refusal to allow Morrisons to expand its store in Braintree Road, Witham.

The council had argued that allowing the supermarket to extend would have an adverse impact on Witham’s town centre trade.

But inspector Melvyn Middleton stated Cofunds’ recent move to the town, plus the prospect of new homes, would negate any impact.

Lady Patricia Newton, Braintree Council cabinet member for planning, said: “To a degree we are of course disappointed with the inspector’s findings.

“There are contradictions in the inspector’s decision and some would say the decision was perhaps a little perverse."

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9:51am Sun 2 Mar 14

Bralth says...

Oh dear, her ladyship is throwing her toys out of her Coggeshall pram because she did not her way over the residents of north Witham. As a north Witham resident I think the granting of planning permission to Morrisons is an advantage to Witham. The Conservatives are supposed to be the party supporting competition, Lady P seems to have forgotten this.
Oh dear, her ladyship is throwing her toys out of her Coggeshall pram because she did not her way over the residents of north Witham. As a north Witham resident I think the granting of planning permission to Morrisons is an advantage to Witham. The Conservatives are supposed to be the party supporting competition, Lady P seems to have forgotten this. Bralth
  • Score: 9

10:53am Sun 2 Mar 14

keith_l says...

The Council is obviously upset, because their darlings at Tesco might suffer a small decline in profits at their undersized store in the Town Centre. They didn't think about the impact on local businesses when they made their decision to allow a car wash a quarter of a mile from an existing one, or the fact that the shortage of spaces would impact on other businesses in The Grove Shopping Centre, did they?
The Council is obviously upset, because their darlings at Tesco might suffer a small decline in profits at their undersized store in the Town Centre. They didn't think about the impact on local businesses when they made their decision to allow a car wash a quarter of a mile from an existing one, or the fact that the shortage of spaces would impact on other businesses in The Grove Shopping Centre, did they? keith_l
  • Score: 6

11:06am Sun 2 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

Town centre and supermarkets are not in competition with each other! They do different things...
Town centre and supermarkets are not in competition with each other! They do different things... Jack222
  • Score: 4

8:54am Mon 3 Mar 14

The Stinker Returns says...

keith_l wrote:
The Council is obviously upset, because their darlings at Tesco might suffer a small decline in profits at their undersized store in the Town Centre. They didn't think about the impact on local businesses when they made their decision to allow a car wash a quarter of a mile from an existing one, or the fact that the shortage of spaces would impact on other businesses in The Grove Shopping Centre, did they?
I agree Keith. Parking is difficult enough as it is without all those spaces being used for the carwash. They cone off many more spaces than they actually use for the washing of cars and move cars around with no regard for others using the carpark, as if they own it
[quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: The Council is obviously upset, because their darlings at Tesco might suffer a small decline in profits at their undersized store in the Town Centre. They didn't think about the impact on local businesses when they made their decision to allow a car wash a quarter of a mile from an existing one, or the fact that the shortage of spaces would impact on other businesses in The Grove Shopping Centre, did they?[/p][/quote]I agree Keith. Parking is difficult enough as it is without all those spaces being used for the carwash. They cone off many more spaces than they actually use for the washing of cars and move cars around with no regard for others using the carpark, as if they own it The Stinker Returns
  • Score: 3

9:55am Mon 3 Mar 14

keith_l says...

The Stinker Returns wrote:
keith_l wrote:
The Council is obviously upset, because their darlings at Tesco might suffer a small decline in profits at their undersized store in the Town Centre. They didn't think about the impact on local businesses when they made their decision to allow a car wash a quarter of a mile from an existing one, or the fact that the shortage of spaces would impact on other businesses in The Grove Shopping Centre, did they?
I agree Keith. Parking is difficult enough as it is without all those spaces being used for the carwash. They cone off many more spaces than they actually use for the washing of cars and move cars around with no regard for others using the carpark, as if they own it
I didn't know about the coning off of other spaces. When this was going through planning, a number of people made the same comment to the planning application and Tesco responded that this would not happen.
[quote][p][bold]The Stinker Returns[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: The Council is obviously upset, because their darlings at Tesco might suffer a small decline in profits at their undersized store in the Town Centre. They didn't think about the impact on local businesses when they made their decision to allow a car wash a quarter of a mile from an existing one, or the fact that the shortage of spaces would impact on other businesses in The Grove Shopping Centre, did they?[/p][/quote]I agree Keith. Parking is difficult enough as it is without all those spaces being used for the carwash. They cone off many more spaces than they actually use for the washing of cars and move cars around with no regard for others using the carpark, as if they own it[/p][/quote]I didn't know about the coning off of other spaces. When this was going through planning, a number of people made the same comment to the planning application and Tesco responded that this would not happen. keith_l
  • Score: 1

12:11pm Mon 3 Mar 14

The Stinker Returns says...

keith_l wrote:
The Stinker Returns wrote:
keith_l wrote:
The Council is obviously upset, because their darlings at Tesco might suffer a small decline in profits at their undersized store in the Town Centre. They didn't think about the impact on local businesses when they made their decision to allow a car wash a quarter of a mile from an existing one, or the fact that the shortage of spaces would impact on other businesses in The Grove Shopping Centre, did they?
I agree Keith. Parking is difficult enough as it is without all those spaces being used for the carwash. They cone off many more spaces than they actually use for the washing of cars and move cars around with no regard for others using the carpark, as if they own it
I didn't know about the coning off of other spaces. When this was going through planning, a number of people made the same comment to the planning application and Tesco responded that this would not happen.
I go there every Saturday morning about 9am and there are cones in front of spaces that do not appear to be needed for the carwash
[quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Stinker Returns[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: The Council is obviously upset, because their darlings at Tesco might suffer a small decline in profits at their undersized store in the Town Centre. They didn't think about the impact on local businesses when they made their decision to allow a car wash a quarter of a mile from an existing one, or the fact that the shortage of spaces would impact on other businesses in The Grove Shopping Centre, did they?[/p][/quote]I agree Keith. Parking is difficult enough as it is without all those spaces being used for the carwash. They cone off many more spaces than they actually use for the washing of cars and move cars around with no regard for others using the carpark, as if they own it[/p][/quote]I didn't know about the coning off of other spaces. When this was going through planning, a number of people made the same comment to the planning application and Tesco responded that this would not happen.[/p][/quote]I go there every Saturday morning about 9am and there are cones in front of spaces that do not appear to be needed for the carwash The Stinker Returns
  • Score: 1

3:24pm Tue 4 Mar 14

/@|_|@\ says...

How about moving the cones? Do they have the (legal) right to cordon off spaces in the car park like that? If so, is the number stipulated in an agreement with the BDC?

Just a thought. Where I live freedom and self-assertion is more highly prized than where I came from and, to be honest, that general unquestioning deference to "authority" rubs me the wrong way. Particularly if "rules" are imposed (or assumed) by default and no one questions their validity (bit like complimentary parking spaces for 'Mothers with children'. They are not there by any statute or by-law. I am a father and have children: I will make use of said spots when I need them, for example, despite the funny looks as I swish by indignant onlookers in my polka dot sun dress and white sandals.

You didn't think I had the courage to park there as a MAN, did you?
How about moving the cones? Do they have the (legal) right to cordon off spaces in the car park like that? If so, is the number stipulated in an agreement with the BDC? Just a thought. Where I live freedom and self-assertion is more highly prized than where I came from and, to be honest, that general unquestioning deference to "authority" rubs me the wrong way. Particularly if "rules" are imposed (or assumed) by default and no one questions their validity (bit like complimentary parking spaces for 'Mothers with children'. They are not there by any statute or by-law. I am a father and have children: I will make use of said spots when I need them, for example, despite the funny looks as I swish by indignant onlookers in my polka dot sun dress and white sandals. You didn't think I had the courage to park there as a MAN, did you? /@|_|@\
  • Score: 1

9:33am Thu 6 Mar 14

simonwhu says...

So when they expanded Tesco at Great Notley where the objections to that from our darling council. Lady Newton is making herself look a right fool. She claims to care about Witham Town Centre but they do nothing to help. Total shambles and they've wasted all the Portas money in Braintree. Useless, they should go, just like our two useless MPs
So when they expanded Tesco at Great Notley where the objections to that from our darling council. Lady Newton is making herself look a right fool. She claims to care about Witham Town Centre but they do nothing to help. Total shambles and they've wasted all the Portas money in Braintree. Useless, they should go, just like our two useless MPs simonwhu
  • Score: 0

10:35am Thu 6 Mar 14

The Stinker Returns says...

/@|_|@\ wrote:
How about moving the cones? Do they have the (legal) right to cordon off spaces in the car park like that? If so, is the number stipulated in an agreement with the BDC?

Just a thought. Where I live freedom and self-assertion is more highly prized than where I came from and, to be honest, that general unquestioning deference to "authority" rubs me the wrong way. Particularly if "rules" are imposed (or assumed) by default and no one questions their validity (bit like complimentary parking spaces for 'Mothers with children'. They are not there by any statute or by-law. I am a father and have children: I will make use of said spots when I need them, for example, despite the funny looks as I swish by indignant onlookers in my polka dot sun dress and white sandals.

You didn't think I had the courage to park there as a MAN, did you?
Hmmm, love to see you in that polka dot dress .....
[quote][p][bold]/@|_|@\[/bold] wrote: How about moving the cones? Do they have the (legal) right to cordon off spaces in the car park like that? If so, is the number stipulated in an agreement with the BDC? Just a thought. Where I live freedom and self-assertion is more highly prized than where I came from and, to be honest, that general unquestioning deference to "authority" rubs me the wrong way. Particularly if "rules" are imposed (or assumed) by default and no one questions their validity (bit like complimentary parking spaces for 'Mothers with children'. They are not there by any statute or by-law. I am a father and have children: I will make use of said spots when I need them, for example, despite the funny looks as I swish by indignant onlookers in my polka dot sun dress and white sandals. You didn't think I had the courage to park there as a MAN, did you?[/p][/quote]Hmmm, love to see you in that polka dot dress ..... The Stinker Returns
  • Score: 1

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