11:36 Wednesday 12 February 2014

Supermarket decision for pub is 'ludicrous'


A COUNCILLOR has branded a decision to transform the site of a former pub into a supermarket as ‘ludicrous’.

Peter Wilkins, who represents Midway on South Derbyshire District Council, spoke out against the independent planning inspectorate’s decision which overturned the authority’s original refusal to build a Sainsbury’s Local on the site of the Masons Arms, in Burton Road, Midway.

During Newhall Area Forum meeting, he said: “I was at the appeal hearing where it was said that since the traffic lights were installed the number of accidents has been small.

“The inspector said the road can be policed. It is just a ludicrous situation and decision.”

Hundreds of people previously signed petitions against the proposals but they eventually lost the fight as the planning inspector judged in Sainsbury’s favour agreeing that delivery trucks attempting to access the car park would be able to turn around if two or three spaces are cordoned off to allow this.

Councillor Wilkins added: “It is a very fine building but how they will develop that without disrupting the traffic is beyond my comprehension.

“I am just speechless.”

An application of costs against the council was dismissed.

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