Houses should be built in place of proposed Ulverston supermarket, meeting is told

A VACANT site earmarked for a supermarket should be converted into houses instead, a meeting of Ulverston Town Council was told.

Last April brewers Frederick Robinson Ltd won consent from South Lakeland District Council to create a supermarket at its Hartley’s Brewery site.

The controversial application was passed by planning councillors by just one vote.

Earlier this month it was revealed that a judge will rule whether SLDC followed correct procedures when approving the plan.

At a meeting of the town council on Monday, Greenbank resident Dr Richard Rowlett said: "The neglect of the Brewery site is a disgrace and a stain on the reputations of both Robinsons and SLDC.

"They should remove this stain by co-operating with us, the people of Ulverston, in converting the site to a residential complex.

"We cannot allow them to neglect these unique buildings to the point of collapse."

The scheme proposed the demolition of buildings on the Brewery Street site, building a food supermarket with a gross floorspace of more than 3,000 sq metres, a 90-space car park, and turning the Bird In Hand, and Union Inn pubs, into either ‘retail, office or cafe uses’.

Coun Jane Harris added: "The old brewery site is continuing to deteriorate and allowing that to happen doesn’t show much respect.

"Robinsons will simply allow the site to decay and so it seems worth making a reasonable approach to keep all options on the table such as mixed housing or a retail development that is not as damaging as a supermarket."

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