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Questions raised over revised store scheme at Wentworth Street car park
12:39pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
CONCERNS have been raised about new proposals to develop Wentworth Street car park in Malton.
A questionnaire has been sent to householders in Malton and Norton ahead of a revised application by Leeds-based GMI Holbeck Land to develop the site.
The changed scheme is in light of a Government planning inspector giving approval to the Fitzwilliam Estate’s plan to re-develop the Malton Livestock Market site for retailing and ruling the Wentworth Street application should be reconsidered by the council.
A spokesperson for GMI Holbeck Land said that while the council were “minded to approve” the original proposals, they had now developed a revised scheme with additional supporting evidence.
“We are, therefore, returning to the council with additional evidence of the need for our proposed store and with revised plans for the building,” they said.
“In relation to design, the principal change made relates to how the scheme links with Wentworth Street and the colonnade originally proposed has been replaced with a travelator and lifts, which will help to protect the amenity of residents of Wentworth Mews.”
Coun Paul Andrews (Ind), a district and Malton town councillor, said: “I believe Ryedale District Council is still determined to get this application through, even though they have been ordered to pay £148,000 costs for allowing this application in the first place.
“We already have enough supermarkets in Malton and Norton, and the town does not need another store.”
A statement by Malton Town Council said: “A response is requested by Friday and almost hidden in the green shading of the questionnaire, there is just a hint that this must be the public consultation required by the planning process. Why in such a hurry now, almost a year after the debacle of the previous failed application or is it that the public consultation bit is once again getting very scant attention?
“The town council takes the view that the blatant marketing spiel which is intended to pass as a consultation exercise represents from within GMI a level of disrespect of the people of these towns which is unacceptable.”
A spokesperson for Ryedale District Council said it had been told that it would receive updated information regarding the Wentworth Street application in early November 2013.
“The local planning authority will then undertake a full consultation exercise and will consider the responses received as part of a comprehensive assessment of the material planning issues involved. It is expected that there will be special meeting of the council’s planning committee in early 2014 to reconsider this application.”
Roddy Bushell, the Fitzwilliam Estate’s manager, said: “The public was consulted on this proposal in 2011. They were hugely underwhelmed by the proposal then, and the subsequent planning application was found by an independent government inspector to be contrary to good planning policy.
“None of the circumstances or the policies has changed, and it does seem an extraordinary waste of people’s time and local resources to raise the matter again. I don’t think the addition of a moving walkway will change anyone’s mind.”