Calls for Government to step in over plans for Lidl on community's field

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 13 Mar 2017

AN ACTION group looking to save the Top Field site from development are asking the Government to step in over the plans.

The Top Field Action Group has written to the Government asking for the planning application to be called in by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid.

North Lincolnshire Council has applied for outline planning permission for a new supermarket, pub and up to 70 homes on the Ferriby Road site.

Supermarket chain Lidl is also looking to build a new store on the site, replacing its current store, in the Top Field.

MORE: Action group addresses Lidl in open letter

The Scunthorpe Telegraph has received a copy of the letter from the Top Field Action Group's planning consultants which says: "I write on behalf of my clients, Ms Dell Swift and Mr Nigel Land, who represent a number of local residents within Barton-upon-Humber, who wish to request that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government exercise his powers under the provisions of section 77 (1) of the County and Country Planning Act (1990) to have an application returned to him, for determination, rather than the Local Planning Authority.

‚Äč"The application has been the subject of considerable concern to local residents and organisations who all have made their views and representations known to the local planning authority."

The letter goes on to say that the application is "inconsistent" with the adopted Local Development Framework for North Lincolnshire, specifically the Core Strategy (2011) and the Housing and Employment Allocations DPD (2016), as well as "failing" to accord with the principles of the National Planning Policy Framework (2012).

Concerns raised in the letter include the impact of out-of-town retail on the vitality and viability of the town centre, the impact on the spatial strategy and housing delivery for Barton and the loss of open space and recreation resource that has benefited from public access.

The letter also says by approving the application, the local authority would "abandon" many of the core planning principles set out in Local Development Framework.

The group are asking the Secretary of State to consider conflict with national policy on important matters, long-term impact on economic growth and the effects beyond the immediate locality.

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