WISBECH: Plans for new retail store look set to be turned down

AN application to expand the current retail park in Sandown Road, Wisbech looks set to be refused. Belgrave Land Ltd has applied to build a retail unit which would sell bulky goods at the Wisbech site. But planners at Fenland District Council have recomme

AN application to expand the current retail park in Sandown Road, Wisbech looks set to be refused.

Belgrave Land Ltd has applied to build a retail unit which would sell bulky goods at the Wisbech site.

But planners at Fenland District Council have recommended the application is refused, because it could impact on trade in the town.

A report to the planning committee, which meets on Wednesday, said: "there is no evidence of a quantitative or qualitative need for the sale of comparison goods at the retail park.

"In addition the development would be likely to have a significant trade impact on the individual stores in Wisbech town centre, as well as the town centre as a whole, thus affecting its vitality and viability."

The site is to the north west of an existing unit currently occupied by Dunelm Mill.

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The site is currently an established landscaped area, providing a buffer between the existing development and Cromwell Road.

The report said: "The application seeks full planning permission for the erection of a retail unit to provide bulky goods and comparison goods retail floor space."

The agent had been requested to submit further information on the type of goods to be sold and the end user.

The agent confirmed that it would not be convenience goods, but also stated that there is no prospective occupier at this time.

The application will be discussed by councillors at the meeting of the planning committee next week.

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