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Secretary of State confirms supermarket decision should remain local

The official Scarborough Borough Council logo21 February


Scarborough Borough Council can confirm that, following official notification on 17 February, the planning application for construction of a Tesco store with car parking, landscaping and associated works on the former St Mary’s Hospital and Dean Road Depot sites has not been called-in for examination by the Secretary of State.


Members of the council’s Planning and Development Committee resolved to grant the scheme planning permission at its meeting on 8 December 2011 following which the application had to be referred to the Secretary of State in order to allow him to consider whether to call it in for his own determination. The application needed to be referred to the Secretary of State due to the size of the retail store, the fact that the site was not within the town centre, and also because the proposal was a departure from the Local Plan.


Confirmation has now been received from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, via the National Planning Casework Unit, that the application does not need to be called-in as ‘the proposals do not involve a conflict with national policies on important matters nor have significant effects beyond their immediate locality, give rise to substantial regional or national controversy, raise significant architectural and urban design issues.’


The application will be determined at local level by the planning authority, Scarborough Borough Council, which can now issue a decision notice.


Pauline Elliott, Scarborough Borough Council’s Head of Planning and Regeneration said:


“The council is pleased that the planning application has not been called-in by the Secretary of State. Although we understand that the decision remains unsupported in some quarters, this communication from central government demonstrates that the council as planning authority has acted correctly in following the proper planning procedures to reach the present stage.”


The next step is for Tesco to apply for a road closure of Trafalgar Street West.

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