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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Sefton Council object to Destination Kirkby


Sefton CouncilTonight, as anticipated Sefton Council's planning committee continued to object to the current Tesco's stores ltd application for Kirkby -citing identical planning policy departures as Liverpool City Council earlier today; mainly PPS6 and the adopted and emerging regional spatial strategy (RSS). Sefton Council's view is that such a scale of devlopment remains disproportionate to Kirkby's existing role and status. It was a unamininous decision.

They are clearly concerned by the actions of the applicant's development partners Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council. Despite repeated requests, KMBC have failed to provide Sefton's planning committee with a copy of their report from retail consultants Roger, Tym & Partners.

The committee also dismissed the mezzanine reductions, the council's consultants also cited the negative impacts that Destination Kirkby would have on areas such as Southport and Bootle. It was stated that the proposed development has a similar retail size to the whole of Southport and is twice that of Bootle.

Sefton Council resolved to object to the application. They have also said that if Knowsley Council approve the scheme they will ask the Government Office of the North West (GONW) to call the application in.

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