February 17, 2012 Yorkshire Post
Controversial plans for a new supermarket in Easingwold would be bad for the town and should not be approved, according to a damning new report.
The independent research, commissioned by Hambleton District Council to help councillors reach a decision over the scheme, argues that the superstore would be damaging to the historic market town and would put town centre shops and markets at risk.
Retail planning consultants, England and Lyle, said the proposal was not in keeping with national planning policies designed to protect town centres and local businesses and if approved, would bring more harm than benefit to Easingwold, which is near York.
The proposals have caused outcry among residents and Easingwold Town Council has previously voted against the plans.
Terry Brown, from Keep Easingwold Special, a campaign group which has called a number of public meetings, said: “We are pleased Hambleton sought independent advice on this proposal and believe the only fair decision the planning committee can now make is to reject this inappropriate supermarket development.”
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