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Representations on BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) - Option OC2
SUPPORT Pigeon Investmenrt Management (Mr. Andrew Fillmore) represented by Beacon Planning Ltd (Ms Sophie Pain)
Pigeon consider there to be a need to strike a balance between supporting and seeking to grow existing town and local centres as set against Out of Centre provision. We consider Option OC1 to be unnecessarily restrictive and the Councils can properly assess Out of Centre proposals on a case by case basis. Accordingly, we support Option OC2 which would provide support to out of centre retail development to meet capacity requirements. Additionally, we support Option RIA1 - which would rely on the NPPF threshold for Retail Impact Assessment -
as the appropriate mechanism of control.
SUPPORT Councillor Frank Lawrenson
We should not discourage out-of-town shopping. These have a place and a very important one at that. It is not right that we support one element of commerce in our district at the expense of another. What we need to do is ensure that places like Sudbury have the power and the assistance to change. I therefore advise Option OC2.
COMMENT Ms Caroline Powell
* Restricting all retail growth to town centres may be too restrictive as some growth may need to be accommodated away from town centres where sites become available.
COMMENT Mr Peter Powell
* This should be case by case and only where need cannot be accommodated in vacant sites.
* Best restricted to Leisure parks, DIY/Horticultural retail parks using the most appropriate of the oversubscribed commercial/employment spaces that have come forward.
OBJECT Mx Miles Row
Is inaccessible to many, increases need to drive to such places and takes business away from town centre.
SUPPORT Mr Graham Moxon
Encourage traffic out of town centres wherever possible.
COMMENT Pinewood Parish Council (Mrs Sandra Peartree)
Support to keep town centres viable.
OBJECT Woolverstone Parish Council (Mr Simon Pearce)
COMMENT Mr. A. Breen
The changes in shopping over recent decades have been so dramatic that apart from erecting a major shopping mall such as Brent Cross or Lakeside at Thurrock or a niche retail outlet such as Bicester Village the hope of reviving our towns is hopeless. The removal of offices to Ipswich does nothing to help promote our towns.
COMMENT Mr. A. Breen
There is no scope for development of shopping facilities in most towns and the facilities that exist are likely to disappear