Bell Green: Planning Inspectorate Public Enquiry announced

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Growsydenham
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Re: Bell Green: Planning Inspectorate Public Enquiry announc

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For those following this saga, an application has been posted today to convert the ToysRUs building at Bell Green into an Aldi. What this means for this application I’m not sure.
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Re: Bell Green: Planning Inspectorate Public Enquiry announc

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All mention of Aldi has been removed from the redevelopment application. They are now applying to demolish to build a speculative retail shed, with no tenant arranged.
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Re: Bell Green: Planning Inspectorate Public Enquiry announc

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Growsydenham wrote:For those following this saga, an application has been posted today to convert the ToysRUs building at Bell Green into an Aldi. What this means for this application I’m not sure.
Well that’s great. I was hoping that that the former toys r us unit would be taken by Poundstretcher! It seems likely that if Aldi take this unit, Poundstretcher will inevitably take the old coop building. Not what many of us will want on the high street! And even more inevitable the gas holders still come down!
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Re: Bell Green: Planning Inspectorate Public Enquiry announc

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Growsydenham wrote:For those following this saga, an application has been posted today to convert the ToysRUs building at Bell Green into an Aldi. What this means for this application I’m not sure.
Whilst this looks like a little surprising at first glance, it is in fact a fairly prudent move by Aldi.

Probably increases the certainty of success and will certainly shorten the planning stage and construction phase lead times and Aldi can commence trading on this site.at a much earlier juncture.

Not at all sure what genericising the description of the store on the planning application will mean, but LB Lewisham's counsel's advice appears to be that the retail space constraints, as defined in earlier development applications, are in fact outdated. It could be the case therefore that the Inspector will concur with council's counsel and an increase in retail space might be viewed as permissible.
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