New Food Store for Darlington
Working on behalf of national retail and leisure developer, Lateral Property Group alongside LBW Investments and Hansteen SPI, HOW Planning secured planning permission for a new 4,225 sq. m (45,000 sq. ft.) foodstore on the former Faverdale Carriage Works site in north-west Darlington.
The application for the proposal has been approved by Darlington Borough Council’s Planning Committee. The medium sized foodstore will be the first in this part of Darlington and have the potential to create around 200 new jobs. The facility will provide a main food shopping facility for residents of north-west Darlington who currently have to travel to other parts of the town for this service. The store will include a new petrol filling station and adjacent to this, a new area of publically accessible open space.
Approval was granted by Darlington Council’s Planning Committee in June 2015 despite the site being allocated for employment purposes and lying in an out-of-centre location with a ‘competing’ edge-of-centre application submitted during the determination process.
HOW were required to commission a report as part of the preparation of the application demonstrating that given the substantial contamination on the site owing to its historic industrial use, retail development was the only realistic way of bringing the site back into productive use. Our case had to also carefully demonstrate that despite their being a ‘sequentially preferable’ foodstore application, the overall case for approval of both planning applications could be made.
This case was accepted by Officers which resulted in a recommendation for approval and the subsequent resolution to grant planning permission from Members of the Planning Committee.