New foodstore plan for Wentworth Street car park

Gazette & Herald: An artists’ impression of the new development at Wentworth Street car park, in Malton An artists’ impression of the new development at Wentworth Street car park, in Malton

AN amended planning application for a new foodstore at Wentworth Street car park, in Malton, has been submitted by developer GMI Holbeck Land Ltd.

The revised scheme, which comes 18 months after Ryedale district councillors were “minded to grant” planning permission for the store, includes plans for an enhanced walkway to Malton Market Place, three hours’ free parking and a public piazza for community events.

Last year, a Government planning inspector ruled that the council should reconsider the approval of plans to develop the car park and that proposals for Malton livestock market by the Fitzwilliam (Malton) Estate should be allowed.

The developers have said their new plans are supported by an updated Retail Impact Assessment, prepared by planning consultants NLP, which includes details from the Ryedale Local Plan and the possible redevelopment of the livestock market.

They say that more than £31m worth of foodstore expenditure is spent outside of Malton and Ryedale annually, with a high proportion of local shoppers travelling to York and Scarborough to do their weekly shopping.

Ian Barraclough, of GMI Holbeck Land, said: “As Malton and Norton prepare for the future, local shopping is faced with increasing competition from committed plans to construct additional retail development at Monks Cross, in York, Beverley and Scarborough.

“The new John Lewis and M&S stores at nearby Monks Cross mean that Malton needs a stronger shopping offer to retain shoppers and attract more visitors.

“It would benefit Malton and Norton to attract shoppers from all over Ryedale, and if the town could offer improved food shopping facilities, as well as the option to buy cheaper petrol, it would certainly achieve this.

Otherwise, shoppers from the new housing developments will also be drawn to Scarborough and York, representing a missed opportunity for Malton and Norton.

“The development will deliver a strong connection to Wheelgate and Market Place, with shoppers at the store and visitors to the town centre being offered three hours’ free parking in the family-friendly, lower level extended car park.

“The foodstore will ease the trading and traffic pressure of the existing Morrisons store, as well as providing much-needed competition and choice for weekly food shopping and fill-up of fuel.

“The development of a new petrol filling station with extended opening hours is seen as a major plus by the majority of responses from the community to the consultation.”

Councillor David Lloyd-Williams, chairman of the Malton and Norton Area Partnership and a member of both town councils, said he could see very little difference in the application.

“The area partnership has been opposed to it most positively from the start,” he said.

“This is an edge-of-town store which is selling lots of things that are already sold at shops in Malton and will be damaging for the town centre.

“When the district council was minded to approve the original application, they said the area could only support one more supermarket and therefore refused the livestock application.

“The livestock decision has now been overturned on appeal and the Wentworth decision declared unlawful, so what now is different to what was then – the same agenda should apply.”

For more information visit www.thewentworthproject.com

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2:24pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Roger S says...

One more decent sized family supermarket is sensible but the livestock one is small and expensive by design and has no petrol (which doesn't really compete with a family supermarket). This one is no way out of town it's a stones throw from town, on a car park already for the town!

Unlike the livestock one it's more accessible and no one is suddenly going to start having to officiously marshall the yellow lines threatening one of the town's best cultural assets in Kirkham Henry.

Also 3000 new homes are planned for Ryedale, half of them in Malton, so I reckon more petrol and shopping will be needed before long as we all try to cut down our food miles and spend more time at home.

I went into Malton on Saturday in a rush but gave up as couldn't park and didn't want to pay at wentworth or get caught up at Morrisons. Spent my money elsewhere on the way to my destination (£80). If I could have parked free at wentworth I might have - it was nearly empty as usual I saw but it was already too late to drive round to the entrance in my rush to pick someone up.

Also the council could really use the money to protect our services e.g. brown bin collections and leisure centres.

I would feel for the traders but in the main part they will actually benefit and just fearing change. Many are revved up by people with bigger axes to grind. It will increase the parking and the number of visitors I am pretty sure. I have friends in Helmsley who go to Thirsk specifically for the petrol price etc.
One more decent sized family supermarket is sensible but the livestock one is small and expensive by design and has no petrol (which doesn't really compete with a family supermarket). This one is no way out of town it's a stones throw from town, on a car park already for the town! Unlike the livestock one it's more accessible and no one is suddenly going to start having to officiously marshall the yellow lines threatening one of the town's best cultural assets in Kirkham Henry. Also 3000 new homes are planned for Ryedale, half of them in Malton, so I reckon more petrol and shopping will be needed before long as we all try to cut down our food miles and spend more time at home. I went into Malton on Saturday in a rush but gave up as couldn't park and didn't want to pay at wentworth or get caught up at Morrisons. Spent my money elsewhere on the way to my destination (£80). If I could have parked free at wentworth I might have - it was nearly empty as usual I saw but it was already too late to drive round to the entrance in my rush to pick someone up. Also the council could really use the money to protect our services e.g. brown bin collections and leisure centres. I would feel for the traders but in the main part they will actually benefit and just fearing change. Many are revved up by people with bigger axes to grind. It will increase the parking and the number of visitors I am pretty sure. I have friends in Helmsley who go to Thirsk specifically for the petrol price etc. Roger S

7:11pm Thu 12 Dec 13

richard22 says...

I hope this does not spoil Malton, it is still a local market town with good independant shops mixed with chain stores. there is great parking in town and on Wentworth Street, which is cheap compared to other towns, especially if you purchase the parking card which halves the cost.
How they can say about a new foodstore and then talk about John Lewis and M & S drawing people away? If you want products from those stores you will still go to York.
How many foodstores does Malton want, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Asda, Lidl are the big names, without starting on the wonderful independants.
Driffield has lost it's local market town feel, Malton still has it, don't loose it.
I hope this does not spoil Malton, it is still a local market town with good independant shops mixed with chain stores. there is great parking in town and on Wentworth Street, which is cheap compared to other towns, especially if you purchase the parking card which halves the cost. How they can say about a new foodstore and then talk about John Lewis and M & S drawing people away? If you want products from those stores you will still go to York. How many foodstores does Malton want, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Asda, Lidl are the big names, without starting on the wonderful independants. Driffield has lost it's local market town feel, Malton still has it, don't loose it. richard22

7:35pm Thu 12 Dec 13

brosoe says...

Sounds like the best thing since sliced bread don't it?
Accept it.
It don't cost the townsfolk anything, and if you don't like it when it's finished, carry on doing whatever you did before.
(Don't forget to tug your forelock to any Fitzwilliams you see though).
Sounds like the best thing since sliced bread don't it? Accept it. It don't cost the townsfolk anything, and if you don't like it when it's finished, carry on doing whatever you did before. (Don't forget to tug your forelock to any Fitzwilliams you see though). brosoe

7:41pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Maltonian says...

Let's hope it gets the go ahead soon. Those who are against it, don't shop there, but don't try to restrict others' choice. The real serious threat to Malton shops will be when John Lewis and M&S open 20 minutes away at Monks Cross next April, not a supermarket on Wentworth Street. Wake up protestors.
Let's hope it gets the go ahead soon. Those who are against it, don't shop there, but don't try to restrict others' choice. The real serious threat to Malton shops will be when John Lewis and M&S open 20 minutes away at Monks Cross next April, not a supermarket on Wentworth Street. Wake up protestors. Maltonian

11:23pm Thu 12 Dec 13

yorkguy says...

This should go ahead, it adds to the town, keeps people shopping in the town, will make use of an underused carpark and still adds extra parking!! its win win!!

I live in York and would be likely to visit Malton with 3 hours free parking, get my shopping and also walk into the town centre and look and shop! why cant the people against this see what it could bring! this is not an out of town supermarket it will be part of the town centre!

If this does not go ahead then everyone will flock to the new monks cross shops and turn there backs on malton! the only people against it are the old ones I saw protesting in the paper last year, they will never accept change and without sounding awful they will not have to put up with it for many more years really, when it gets built I hope i will never see them in the new supermarket otherwise its a complete joke!
This should go ahead, it adds to the town, keeps people shopping in the town, will make use of an underused carpark and still adds extra parking!! its win win!! I live in York and would be likely to visit Malton with 3 hours free parking, get my shopping and also walk into the town centre and look and shop! why cant the people against this see what it could bring! this is not an out of town supermarket it will be part of the town centre! If this does not go ahead then everyone will flock to the new monks cross shops and turn there backs on malton! the only people against it are the old ones I saw protesting in the paper last year, they will never accept change and without sounding awful they will not have to put up with it for many more years really, when it gets built I hope i will never see them in the new supermarket otherwise its a complete joke! yorkguy

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