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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Chain still wants new store

A SUPERMARKET chain has asked for more time to build a store in a South Lakes town.

Booths has applied to extend its planning permission to develop Bateman’s garage in Station Square, Grange.

The family-owned company planned to build a 12,500sq ft store on the site of Bateman Toyota, after being granted permission in 2008.

The supermarket chain claims the new store, if given the go-ahead, could create 70 full and part-time jobs and 65 additional car parking spaces.

The planning permission is due to expire in March.

The supermarket company, based in Preston, has made an application for renewal of the existing planning consent and expects it to be approved by South Lakeland District Council in the new year.

But at the time of the original application, concerns were raised over whether the opening of a small supermarket would force the closure of one of the town’s existing convenience stores – the Cooperative or Spar – as well as other businesses.

Grange Mayor, Councillor Tom Harvey, said: “There was concern but also a lot of support from Grange residents.

“Some wanted to see a quality supermarket come to the town and I think that feeling is still there.

“Booths is not like Tesco – a store like Tesco would decimate the town.

“I think overall, in my personal view, a store like Booths would benefit the town, keeping trade that would have gone to Ulverston or Kendal in Grange.

“They are plenty of people upset by the plans and that is understandable, but also a not very vocal amount of people who would like to see it come.”

The consultation period for the time extension application will end on January 12.

A Booths spokesman confirmed the application had been made, but said the company had no further comment to make.

Have your say

Any supermarket of any size coming into Grange can only have a damaging effect on the town and I think we would loose more than just the Co-Op or Spar if one came. At the end of the day people (the customers) only have one lot of money to spend it will be either at the supermarket or in the shops there now.

Posted by Andrew on 22 December 2011 at 19:31

As a resident of Grange-over-Sands I would welcome a Booths Store into the Town but I do not think that Bateman's Toyoto showroom is the right location for the store.
As Russell Amer has 'pulled out' of the Berners Close development can Booths not be incorporated into the plans to build its store in Berner's Close on the old car park or else demolish the now defunct swimming baths and build their store and car park on the site.

Posted by Russell Bloxsom on 22 December 2011 at 15:49

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