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Javid allows out of town Sainsbury’s development at Southport

Published: Thursday, 15th December 2016

Javid agrees that a Sainsbury’s store should be approved for a Southport out-of-town retail park, stating that the scheme would not harm the vitality of the town centre...

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has agreed with the recommendation of an inspector that a Sainsbury’s store should be approved for a Southport out-of-town retail park after concluding that the scheme would not harm the vitality of the town centre.

The proposed redevelopment involves the demolition of three existing retail units, the construction of an elevated (first floor) supermarket with new car parking at ground floor level, a petrol filling station, public recycling facility and changes to vehicular access to the Meols Cop Retail Park at Foul Lane, Southport on Merseyside.

The Secretary of State said the scheme was in line with policies in the now out-of-date existing urban development plan and those in the emerging replacement local plan.

His decision letter said: “The Secretary of State concludes that the proposed development would contribute to economic growth and generate a significant number of new jobs both during the construction phase and once the store was operational. Even when set against the smaller number of jobs which may be lost at other stores as a result of the proposal, the Secretary of State affords this benefit significant weight.”

The letter added that the application would not harm existing committed or planned investment. Javid concluded: “taking account of its existing health, the impact on the vitality and viability of the town centre would not be significantly adverse, none of the existing food stores would be likely to close and local consumer choice and trade would not be diminished as a result of the proposal.”

Read the decision letter.

Roger Milne