Council backs fourth Co-op
PUBLISHED: 10:17 08 November 2013 | UPDATED: 10:17 08 November 2013
A fourth Co-op store in Exmouth has the support of district planning bosses.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) planning officers have recommended that proposals to convert Staddons Garage, into a second Co-op on Exeter Road, should be rubber-stamped.
If approved by councillors at the development management committee next Tuesday, November 12, the store would join existing stores at Littleham Cross, Exeter Road, and in the Magnolia Centre.
But the proposals, which would have a single entrance for customers and deliveries, are causing controversy.
County highways object while town and district councillors say that it could affect existing independent stores, raise road safety concerns while the noise could affect householders.
Councillor Pauline Stott said: “The road is very dangerous with lots of accidents happening at this very spot.
“At the moment there might be 20 cars or less entering the site; with a supermarket there would be hundreds of cars coming in and turning right, opposite a garage that is very busy all the year round.”
District councillor Jill Elson said: “The A376 is a very busy road. The highway issues need to be investigated.
“I consider this proposal to be detrimental to existing shops…”
Devon county highways said that, while they did not object in principle, a single entrance would be ‘unworkable’.
“To have a designated entrance for cars that also serves as an entry and exit for delivery vehicles is a recipe for confusion.
“It is because of concerns of inadequate vehicular access and delivery arrangements that unfortunately I have no alternative than to recommend refusal of this application.”
The application says that Co-op considered six other sites, two on Rolle Street, Magnolia Centre, Imperial Road, the High Street and in the Parade, but they were ‘too small’.
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