Booths supermarket re-think plea in Grange-over-Sands

COUNCILLORS in Grange-over-Sands want a complete re-think over plans for a supermarket.

The expiry date of three years has passed for Booths to be built at the Bateman’s Toyota garage on the corner of Lindale Road and Windermere Road, Grange.

Now Booths has applied to South Lakeland District Council for an extension on the time frame of the planning application because work has not started on the project.

It will be discussed at a meeting of SLDC’s planning committee on Tuesday.

Grange town councillors want SLDC planners to consider the changes faced by the town since the application accepted three years ago.

Councillors say the collapse of the Berner’s Vision initiative and the economic downturn in the town proves there are ‘material changes’ to the original application.

“We are not opposed to the Booths plan per se,” said Grange mayor Coun Tom Harvey. “But there have been material changes in the town since the original application so we would like the application to be made in full again.

“We hope that the new plan will take into account these changed considerations in the town and the economy as a whole.”

The meeting was told that there are 10 fewer businesses in the town compared to three years ago, and there is now an alternative site available to Booths where the Berner’s Vision proposal was earmarked.

Councillors also pointed out that there is the potential for 500 new homes in the town as outlined in SLDC’s land allocations document.

It was felt that if these houses and a supermarket was built the extra traffic would put a strain on roads in the town.

For the plan to work however, Batemans would have to move from its site in Grange to Kendal Road in Lindale.

Last month, Batemans reapplied to the Lake District National Park Authority to move its Toyota garage next door to its Mini and BMW garage in Lindale.

The original application was rejected by the LDNPA two-and-a-half years ago.

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6:28pm Fri 2 Mar 12

zzx271 says...

"we would like the application to be made in full again..." and we would not say no to the second set of fees. Nothing has changed except the council's bank balance.
"we would like the application to be made in full again..." and we would not say no to the second set of fees. Nothing has changed except the council's bank balance. zzx271

11:32am Sat 3 Mar 12

Paul007 says...

I just don't see any positives in having a Booths in Grange.Most people that come in to Town for Booths, would do their shop and then leave.Not adding anything and taking away from supermarkets we already have.Then what happens to them.Visitors come to our Town for it's lovely charm , I feel we have moved with the times without spoiling the uniqueness of it.Please don't spoil it for something that wont do much, if anything for the Town.I only see a negative on having another supermarket here.
I just don't see any positives in having a Booths in Grange.Most people that come in to Town for Booths, would do their shop and then leave.Not adding anything and taking away from supermarkets we already have.Then what happens to them.Visitors come to our Town for it's lovely charm , I feel we have moved with the times without spoiling the uniqueness of it.Please don't spoil it for something that wont do much, if anything for the Town.I only see a negative on having another supermarket here. Paul007

7:11pm Sat 3 Mar 12

zzx271 says...

Booths, being a rare quality retailer, is something of a magnet and would attract people from further afield than the supermarkets already in the area. Not all customers would visit the town after their shop but better some than none. If the current supermarkets can't survive after booths opens then maybe they are the ones who are not right for the town.
Booths, being a rare quality retailer, is something of a magnet and would attract people from further afield than the supermarkets already in the area. Not all customers would visit the town after their shop but better some than none. If the current supermarkets can't survive after booths opens then maybe they are the ones who are not right for the town. zzx271

11:32am Thu 15 Mar 12

I Comment says...

Booths is a commercial enterprise and they will seek to maximise the site and in so doing will concentrate an even larger number of vehicles to this location. The road infrastructure cannot cope with the existing volume of local traffic, let alone the increase from additional shopper from beyond Grange.
Booths is a commercial enterprise and they will seek to maximise the site and in so doing will concentrate an even larger number of vehicles to this location. The road infrastructure cannot cope with the existing volume of local traffic, let alone the increase from additional shopper from beyond Grange. I Comment

9:11pm Thu 15 Mar 12

1207 says...

So the Town Council has changed its mind I just hope its not to late for Booths to save Grange from the slow decline that set in years ago.
Stop living in the past Grange most of you shop out of the town you all drive through the town to get out and do your shopping how much volume of traffic does that generate?
Make Grange a retail destination and use this oppotunity to it full.
So the Town Council has changed its mind I just hope its not to late for Booths to save Grange from the slow decline that set in years ago. Stop living in the past Grange most of you shop out of the town you all drive through the town to get out and do your shopping how much volume of traffic does that generate? Make Grange a retail destination and use this oppotunity to it full. 1207

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