In November 2011 plans were unveiled for a new 2,000 sq m supermarket and housing development and 130-space car park on the former Falcon Office Furniture site in Easingwold. Traders are worried about the size of the scheme and have claimed it would represent “another town centre”. Residents are also concerned the plans would cause traffic congestion.
Easingwold, North Yorkshire
Jomast Developments have applied for outline planning permission for a new supermarket and petrol station as well as access routes and open space on York Road to the south of Easingwold.
Plans unanimously refused on grounds that the development was “totally inappropriate” for the location. Agents acting for the applicants lodged an appeal with the planning inspectorate on the grounds the application was not determined within the 13-week target for a decision to be made on major schemes. However, at the end of March they withdrew the appeal.
A new report, by planning consultants England & Lyle, commissioned by Hambleton District Council, said the store could divert trade from the town centre. Planning officers recommended refusal stating that the store would have a “detrimental impact on the vitality and viability” of Easingwold and nearby villages, lead to road safety problems and “cause serious harm to the living conditions” of neighbouring residents.