Opposition to a Tesco Express store at 89-91 Guildford Road in Lightwater fails on appeal. The Planning Inspector’s judgement did make some concessions to local opposition, by limiting opening hours. Not by much though. Here’s what he said,
“I consider that limiting the hours of opening to between 0700-2200, Monday – Saturday, and 0700–2100 on Sunday and Bank Holidays would be appropriate. To protect the living conditions of neighbours it is also necessary to limit the servicing of the store to hours similar to the normal working day and to minimise disturbance during the construction process.”
The reasons the Inspector gives for dismissing the appeal show that in the process on reviewing the application changes have been made which lessen the impact on Lightwater’s village centre. The key objections he rejected are:
Overcoming the dangers of using large servicing vehicles. Tesco submitted a draft servicing plan, and explained to the Inspector how they have worked satisfactorily elsewhere. The Inspector accepted that the servicing plan, agreeing that it would need, amongst other things, vehicle manoeuvring space to be free, and the use of relatively small delivery vehicles and fore-knowledge by store managers of their arrival. He felt the draft servicing management plan would not threaten highway safety.
Overcoming highway safety objections. This was the key factor that the Inspector considered. The Inspector viewed that the altered kerb-line coming with the speed table, which replaced the footpath build out to regulate movement of vehicles, increased the sightline available to the north, from 17m to 25m, and that along with the traffic survey data shows that this is acceptable in terms of highway safety.
- Lack of available car parking. The inspector concluded that, “Although similar in principle to the previous scheme, the size of the store has been reduced, there would be two additional car parking spaces and there is provision for service vehicles to turn on site”.
Nothing more to say.