Grange-over-Sands retail units plan wins approval

The Westmorland Gazette: An artist's impression of the proposed scheme An artist's impression of the proposed scheme

OPPONENTS of a scheme to convert an empty building in Grange to two retail units have failed to convince planners to reject the application.

Manchester-based developers Kents Bank Assets submitted an application to SLDC last year to convert the town’s former Royal British Legion building to retail units.

And those plans were unanimously approved at a meeting of the council’s planning committee on Tuesday, despite hearing from a number of concerned residents, who raised issues over traffic, noise and the knock-on effect on smaller independent shops.

Developers confirmed at the meeting that talks were ongoing with regards to tenants, but remained tight-lipped over naming names.

Last year, Tesco confirmed it was considering a site in Grange, but would not say where.

Sam Miller, of Kents Bank Assets, said he was trying to be ‘responsible, but as open as possible’ amid concerns over what the site may be used for.

Isabelle Thorne, of Fernleigh Avenue, close to the development in Kents Bank Road, was one of the residents who spoke at the meeting.

“It will have a significant, and negative, impact on the quality of life for residents,” she said.

Her husband, Nick, added: “It would increase harm to the local amenities and increase traffic congestion. It is unsustainable, unnecessary and unwanted.”

And Grange town councillor Joanna Greenway said: “The extra traffic would snarl up what is already a dangerous area for pedestrians.”

But Mr Miller replied: “We don’t see this as traffic generating, and don’t expect vehicles to be coming into Gran-ge to use whatever this becomes.

“It provides an opportunity to keep money in the town.

“We are acutely aware of the concerns, but are satisfied we have listened to, and addressed, those concerns. It will provide more town centre footfall, and up to 30 jobs for local people.”

The plans, which were recommended for approval by SLDC officers, include a building for retail use, while a smaller building will be used for retail, professional services, or a cafe.

Coun David Williams said: “It can’t but improve the situation of this building. “The alternative is it will sit there and rot.”

Coun Janette Jenkinson added: “Sometimes people’s thoughts are that it will cause this, that, or the other, when, actually, it doesn’t happen like that.”

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10:29pm Wed 26 Mar 14

shirtbox says...

Tesco, Sainsburys,McDonalds
,Costa,Poundland, or Betfred,to name a few to cater for the new residents of the Berner Development.
Tesco, Sainsburys,McDonalds ,Costa,Poundland, or Betfred,to name a few to cater for the new residents of the Berner Development. shirtbox
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8:22pm Thu 27 Mar 14

hogheaven says...

I dont think they liked your comment Shirtbox
I dont think they liked your comment Shirtbox hogheaven
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8:58am Fri 28 Mar 14

Do something don't moan says...

You cite Mr Miller as saying "We don’t see this as traffic generating, and don’t expect vehicles to be coming into Gran-ge to use whatever this becomes."

This is contrary to what he has said at public events in Grange. He claimed there is plenty of parking capacity despite of the evidence in photos taken during the site visit by members of the Planning Committee on 18 March. These can now be viewed on the SLDC website. It appears the desires of and evidence submitted by residents mean less to our ELECTED representatives than the ambitions of developers. All residents should keep a close watch on their Councillors if they wish to protect their way of life and communities!
You cite Mr Miller as saying "We don’t see this as traffic generating, and don’t expect vehicles to be coming into Gran-ge to use whatever this becomes." This is contrary to what he has said at public events in Grange. He claimed there is plenty of parking capacity despite of the evidence in photos taken during the site visit by members of the Planning Committee on 18 March. These can now be viewed on the SLDC website. It appears the desires of and evidence submitted by residents mean less to our ELECTED representatives than the ambitions of developers. All residents should keep a close watch on their Councillors if they wish to protect their way of life and communities! Do something don't moan
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5:29pm Fri 28 Mar 14

shirtbox says...

Thanks hog, I am just stating facts.A lot of out of town investment is happening in grange much to the determent of the local community.as for what I say,then only time will tell.
Thanks hog, I am just stating facts.A lot of out of town investment is happening in grange much to the determent of the local community.as for what I say,then only time will tell. shirtbox
  • Score: 3

5:54pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Guiy de Montfort L'amaur says...

This town does not need any developments it is fine as it is - leave this town alone.
This town does not need any developments it is fine as it is - leave this town alone. Guiy de Montfort L'amaur
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11:34pm Sun 30 Mar 14

shirtbox says...

If any developers buy a building in Grange then SLDC will let you use it for what you want,they are a brainless gang of idiots,they have just sold a piece of prime building land in Grange with a market value of approx. £1.5 million for just £1 having lost £3.5 million on the previous now demolished Berners Pool without even trying to recover any lost monies.So rather than see an empty building go to rot do as you please.
If any developers buy a building in Grange then SLDC will let you use it for what you want,they are a brainless gang of idiots,they have just sold a piece of prime building land in Grange with a market value of approx. £1.5 million for just £1 having lost £3.5 million on the previous now demolished Berners Pool without even trying to recover any lost monies.So rather than see an empty building go to rot do as you please. shirtbox
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12:59pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Stargazeratdawn says...

As a Grange resident I really don't see a problem here. There's a car park right across the road from this building. If left undeveloped, and neglected, it might suffer the same fate as say the Institute (across the road from Barclays Bank) that looks quite fragile to me and I wonder if a proper structural survey was carried out, if the external fabric is actually safe. I live right in the centre of the town and can't wait for Booths, and more investment in our town. We can retain the charm of Grange and at the same time create jobs to hopefully retain our young people. A personal view and one which some find threatening, I saw a great saying the other day...'Don't look back....You're not going that way.' Wonderful...
As a Grange resident I really don't see a problem here. There's a car park right across the road from this building. If left undeveloped, and neglected, it might suffer the same fate as say the Institute (across the road from Barclays Bank) that looks quite fragile to me and I wonder if a proper structural survey was carried out, if the external fabric is actually safe. I live right in the centre of the town and can't wait for Booths, and more investment in our town. We can retain the charm of Grange and at the same time create jobs to hopefully retain our young people. A personal view and one which some find threatening, I saw a great saying the other day...'Don't look back....You're not going that way.' Wonderful... Stargazeratdawn
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11:59pm Mon 31 Mar 14

shirtbox says...

Booths have yet to make a start and if they don't by early next year the planning runs out yet again.It is turning into a pipe dream like the Lido and the former Berners fiasco.As for the Legion development the Clown Hall didn't see this one.The next disaster planning wise is the old HSBC bank on Main St.
Booths have yet to make a start and if they don't by early next year the planning runs out yet again.It is turning into a pipe dream like the Lido and the former Berners fiasco.As for the Legion development the Clown Hall didn't see this one.The next disaster planning wise is the old HSBC bank on Main St. shirtbox
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