Opponents’ last battle as supermarket plans are put to the vote

Opponents’ last battle as supermarket  plans are put to the vote

Wentworth Street car park

Wentworth Street car park

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BATTLELINES have been drawn over the future shape of shopping in Malton as the two sides fighting to deliver retail developments in the town come head to head this week.

Members of Ryedale District Council’s planning committee will vote tomorrow (Thursday) on whether to approve applications from Fitzwilliam (Malton) Estates for the town’s livestock market and GMI Holbeck Land for Wentworth Street car park, which is owned by the council.

Planning officer Emma Lancaster says in her report the Wentworth Street site, which is recommended for approval and includes retail units, offices, petrol station and car park is a better option for the town.

She says: “The proposed development comprises retail development which has the potential to support the economic growth of the town.” Her report adds that the council’s decision on the plans should be deferred until it has gone before the Secretary of State, after which it will be approved if the Government does not intervene.

GMI Holbeck argues its project will create 230 permanent jobs and boost Malton’s role as a principal town.

Opponents say a supermarket there would have a determental effect on the town centre’s retail activity and deprive Malton of a large proportion of publically-controlled car parking.

Plans by the Estate, which include demolition of the existing livestock market and redevelopment for retail use together with a three-storey car park and public square, have been recommended for refusal.

But the Fitzwilliam Estate says that is the preferable site for retail development and offers ‘potential to form a natural extension to Malton town centre’.

“The proposal will provide a further retail anchor, drawing shoppers to Malton and helping to claw back existing retail expenditure leakage,” they add.

Ms Lancaster’s report on the Estate’s plan states: “The retention of a livestock market is considered to be of such importance that a redevelopment proposal for the existing site should not be allowed until proper provisions are in place for the market to be relocated.

“The applicants have failed to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the council, that the proposed development would be viable and therefore the scheme would be deliverable.”

Coun Paul Andrews, a leading opponent of developing Wentworth Street car park, said: “The agenda reports are biased in favour of putting a huge unwanted superstore on Wentworth Street car park. The Fitzwilliam Estate has for years taken rent from tenants in the town centre. It is therefore honour-bound to take all necessary steps to defend the interests of its tenants when faced with major threats. In my view this includes legal proceedings.”

He added: “I have been told that I may not be allowed to address the planning committee because two other Malton ward council members sit on the committee.

“The council’s political leaders know perfectly well that I am the councillor who has done the most work on mounting a challenge to their Wentworth Project and how capable I am of showing up the weaknesses in their flawed and biased arguments. They clearly want to silence opposition. This is an outrage.”

Coun Keith Knaggs, leader of Ryedale District Council, said the site inspections which took place this week were the best-attended by members of the planning committee for some years.

“We’ve been bombarded with information, or possibly misinformation,” he said.

“I hope for clear decisions on Thursday because this has been going on for a long time now and we really should try to relieve the uncertainty and move on.”

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7:20pm Wed 28 Mar 12

baileyuk says...

I dont think either project should go ahead! any new commercial site should only be on the 2 industrial estates and not in the town centre! the traffic within Malton is a nightmare especially around Morrisons and it isnt going to be long before someone gets killed,
I dont think either project should go ahead! any new commercial site should only be on the 2 industrial estates and not in the town centre! the traffic within Malton is a nightmare especially around Morrisons and it isnt going to be long before someone gets killed, baileyuk
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9:04pm Wed 28 Mar 12

Moorsider79 says...

baileyuk wrote:
I dont think either project should go ahead! any new commercial site should only be on the 2 industrial estates and not in the town centre! the traffic within Malton is a nightmare especially around Morrisons and it isnt going to be long before someone gets killed,
I think the traffic around Morrisons in particular might be eased by these! Plus to get to showfield lane industrial estate you would go past wentworth street on the whole. Likewise for York Road through the cattle market area or butchers corner near morrisons. I just think leave it to the council I believe they have the public interest at heart, and I'm sure Paul Andrews is not as unbiased as he makes out. When in a team sometimes you cannot make all the decisions. Deal with it - legal proceedings will rob us all of money somehow and just spoil it for everyone as these things often turn out locally. The comment about looking after it's tenants is not one that I hear echoed by the tenants on the whole. It's actually amusing. I think Malton would benefit from losing it's historic olde worlde cattle market and gaining a three storey car park - should make the town more pretty and give that tourism boost they all want - nice.
[quote][p][bold]baileyuk[/bold] wrote: I dont think either project should go ahead! any new commercial site should only be on the 2 industrial estates and not in the town centre! the traffic within Malton is a nightmare especially around Morrisons and it isnt going to be long before someone gets killed,[/p][/quote]I think the traffic around Morrisons in particular might be eased by these! Plus to get to showfield lane industrial estate you would go past wentworth street on the whole. Likewise for York Road through the cattle market area or butchers corner near morrisons. I just think leave it to the council I believe they have the public interest at heart, and I'm sure Paul Andrews is not as unbiased as he makes out. When in a team sometimes you cannot make all the decisions. Deal with it - legal proceedings will rob us all of money somehow and just spoil it for everyone as these things often turn out locally. The comment about looking after it's tenants is not one that I hear echoed by the tenants on the whole. It's actually amusing. I think Malton would benefit from losing it's historic olde worlde cattle market and gaining a three storey car park - should make the town more pretty and give that tourism boost they all want - nice. Moorsider79
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10:48am Thu 29 Mar 12

divided says...

The traffic in town is terrible at the moment because of the ongoing roadworks at Brambling Fields. Once that is done, the traffic will hopefully be eased somewhat. I am starting to come round to the idea of having a mini Monks Cross in Wentworth street now because, to be honest, shopping in the town is terrible unless you wish to shop in a charity shop. There's no real choice, particularly for younger people. The town needs a kick up the backside to get things moving again but most of all the council needs to pull their finger out and do a proper job of looking after the town and its residents.
The traffic in town is terrible at the moment because of the ongoing roadworks at Brambling Fields. Once that is done, the traffic will hopefully be eased somewhat. I am starting to come round to the idea of having a mini Monks Cross in Wentworth street now because, to be honest, shopping in the town is terrible unless you wish to shop in a charity shop. There's no real choice, particularly for younger people. The town needs a kick up the backside to get things moving again but most of all the council needs to pull their finger out and do a proper job of looking after the town and its residents. divided
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11:18am Thu 29 Mar 12

Mrs S J Woods says...

I hope the Wentworth St carpark gets the go ahead, it is definitely the better option for people such as myself who work and have a family. The ability to purchase neccessary items alongside groceries and refuel the car in one place would be very welcome. A small grocery store may well appeal to the more old fashioned types but I prefer to be able to buy the majority of my groceries under one roof, at a reasonable cost with a good variety of items available. I simply do not have the time to visit many seperate shops - most of which are closed on an evening and Sundays which is often the only time we are able to shop. We do support local business where we can, especially those that are open on Sunday, we have a milk delivery, use independant local tradesmen and garages, our large appliances, cycles and some furniture have all been bought at Yates, tv from TV centre etc and we will continue to do so. I see this whole debacle as being blown so far out of proportion as to be unrecognizable.

The Fitzwilliam Estate of course want to retain their position in the town and would prefer to push their project through but is that really what is best for it? How many empty shops and buildings do they hold already?
I hope the Wentworth St carpark gets the go ahead, it is definitely the better option for people such as myself who work and have a family. The ability to purchase neccessary items alongside groceries and refuel the car in one place would be very welcome. A small grocery store may well appeal to the more old fashioned types but I prefer to be able to buy the majority of my groceries under one roof, at a reasonable cost with a good variety of items available. I simply do not have the time to visit many seperate shops - most of which are closed on an evening and Sundays which is often the only time we are able to shop. We do support local business where we can, especially those that are open on Sunday, we have a milk delivery, use independant local tradesmen and garages, our large appliances, cycles and some furniture have all been bought at Yates, tv from TV centre etc and we will continue to do so. I see this whole debacle as being blown so far out of proportion as to be unrecognizable. The Fitzwilliam Estate of course want to retain their position in the town and would prefer to push their project through but is that really what is best for it? How many empty shops and buildings do they hold already? Mrs S J Woods
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11:21am Thu 29 Mar 12

Mrs S J Woods says...

I should have typed 'Wentworth street carpark development' in my first line above rather than just 'Wentworth Street Carpark'. Must proof read better before posting!
I should have typed 'Wentworth street carpark development' in my first line above rather than just 'Wentworth Street Carpark'. Must proof read better before posting! Mrs S J Woods
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4:45pm Thu 29 Mar 12

debate-is-good says...

Why not turn up tonight (Thurs) at the Milton Rooms at 6pm? Let's see if there will be an actual debate or if - as in every other meeting - any opposition or questions as to the wisdom of the Council's plans are quashed by RDC.
The townfolk have already voted - with their feet, with their petition - for what they want. Over 80% favour the Fitzwilliam development - and their views are wilfully disregarded. History will be made tonight - you may well witness RDC receiving its £5m pieces of silver as it betrays Malton once and for all.
Why not turn up tonight (Thurs) at the Milton Rooms at 6pm? Let's see if there will be an actual debate or if - as in every other meeting - any opposition or questions as to the wisdom of the Council's plans are quashed by RDC. The townfolk have already voted - with their feet, with their petition - for what they want. Over 80% favour the Fitzwilliam development - and their views are wilfully disregarded. History will be made tonight - you may well witness RDC receiving its £5m pieces of silver as it betrays Malton once and for all. debate-is-good
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6:23pm Thu 29 Mar 12

baileyuk says...

sorry, when i said industrial estates i meant york rd and norton not the showground! both accessable from A64 without the need to go through town(apart from the obvious york rd from the east) but surely this will be better then any in town development.. you now have asda which is getting widely used but again traffic is a major problem with people turning right onto the rail crossing,, only yesterday a bus got stranded on the rail lines because as they approached the left turn someone decided to block him and use the bus as a barrier so they could turn right, only at the time the lights had begun to flash to signal a train.....
sorry, when i said industrial estates i meant york rd and norton not the showground! both accessable from A64 without the need to go through town(apart from the obvious york rd from the east) but surely this will be better then any in town development.. you now have asda which is getting widely used but again traffic is a major problem with people turning right onto the rail crossing,, only yesterday a bus got stranded on the rail lines because as they approached the left turn someone decided to block him and use the bus as a barrier so they could turn right, only at the time the lights had begun to flash to signal a train..... baileyuk
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