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Massive support for fruit and veg stall

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 16, 2013

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A FRUIT and vegetable stall proposal has been given the ultimate support with more than 550 people signing for its approval.

Philip Heath will hear his fate decided by South Derbyshire District Council’s planning committee next week after he submitted plans for a part change of use from an outbuilding to a part-time produce stall selling fruit and vegetables and other food at 45 Blanch Croft Melbourne.

The site is about 10m away from the public recycling facility and an amended plan shows the stall area pushed back further into the outbuilding to avoid overspill of customers on to the car park.

In his submission, Mr Heath said the proposal would be a valuable outlet for a local family market garden business, supplying local demand.

He added that there is ample space for customers to stand away from the road.

Although the applicant has stated that the use has previously taken place on a low-key basis it did not come to the local planning authority’s attention until October 2012. Since then the applicant has prevented any further use of the site for the purpose now proposed.

The Environmental Protection Manager has investigated the potentials for increased risk to pedestrians and car park users, litter, encroachment onto the access and unauthorised parking and indicated that volumes of traffic would be unlikely to result in a high risk of incident, there was good driver visibility, and, although, the use does present an increased risk of litter, there are laws to control trade waste.

One objection has been received stating that customers using the stall would present a hazard and danger, and a fruit and vegetable shop has opened nearby, so it is not needed.

However, the application received two letters support the application, as well as a petition with more than 550 signatures, on the grounds that the recent opening of the stall was convenient, popular, reducing the need to travel and there was no green grocer in the village.

The council’s planning officers have recommended the plans for approval at committee on Tuesday.

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