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‘Utterly devastated’ as shop wins pub appeal

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 18, 2014

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A PROMINENT building is to be bulldozed after plans to controversially build a supermarket on site were finally approved.

Karen Peil, owner of nearby Eureka Stores has said she is ‘utterly devastated’ that Sainsbury’s has finally been given the go ahead to demolish the former Masons Arms, in Burton Road, Midway, after it appealed against South Derbyshire District Council’s refusal.

Mrs Peil, who launched a petition when plans were submitted, said: “It is okay for them to put a shop there but what about our trade? We won’t have just lost our business, a family of six will also be made homeless.

“We are utterly devastated because a local councillor rejected this and a man who doesn’t live in the area has given it the go-ahead.”

Councillor Robert Pearson, who represents Midway on the district council, also expressed his disappointment adding: “I am worried for the future safety but I will work with the developer to make sure they do stick to the decision notice.”

Independent planning inspectorate, Ian Radcliffe, agreed with the supermarket giant that two or three of the 13 car park spaces could be emptied to enable delivery lorries to turn.

It was recognised that the car park would often be full and concern was raised over vehicles waiting on the busy A511 to enter.

However, Mr Radcliffe said: “It may be that a delivery vehicle has to wait for a car to exit the car park before it can turn in. However, such short delays are not uncommon. I have no reason to find that such a delay would harm highway safety, or the free flow of traffic.”

The inspector, who visited the site, added that since traffic lights were added at the crossroads there has been a reduction in accidents. But residents pointed out that accidents which do not result in personal injury occur, are not recorded.

Mr Radcliffe said: “By their nature such accidents are minor (and no) greater attention than normal needs to be paid to highway safety.

An application to charge the council for costs was refused.

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