In June 2012 Sainsbury's unveiled plans to turn the former Oak Inn pub on Radford Road into a 2,368 sq ft Sainsbury’s Local. Over 400 residents have signed a petition opposing the plans.
The reasons for the refusal by Warwick District Council were:
1 The proposed car parking provision is significantly below the amount required by the Council’s Parking Standards. The Parking Standards require 31 spaces for a food store of this size, whereas the proposals only provide for less than half of this requirement (14 spaces). In the opinion of the District Planning Authority, this under-provision of
parking is likely to result in a significant amount of on-street parking during peak times. On-street parking in the vicinity of the application site is very restricted and a large proportion of the dwellings in the surrounding area do not have any off-street parking. An increase in short-term on-street parking associated with the proposed store, would result in noise and disturbance causing unacceptable loss of amenity for nearby residents. The proposals are therefore considered to be contrary to Policy DP8 of the Warwick District Local Plan and the Parking Standards Supplementary Planning Document, causing harm to amenity contrary to Policy DP2 of the Warwick District Local Plan and Paragraph 58 of the National Planning Policy Framework.
2 The entrance to the proposed store would open out directly onto the vehicular manoeuvring area for the car park. In the opinion of the District Planning Authority this is likely to result in pedestrians coming into conflict with vehicles manoeuvring around the car park and therefore this arrangement is considered to be unacceptable on safety grounds. The proposals are therefore considered to be contrary to Policies DP1 and DP6 of the Warwick District Local Plan.
3 Policy UAP3 of the Warwick District Local Plan 1996-2011 states that retail development will not be permitted outside of the town centres unless (amongst other criteria) it can be demonstrated that the proposal would not have a significant adverse impact on the vitality and viability of the town centre. Furthermore, paragraph 27 of the National Planning Policy Framework states that where proposals are likely to have significant adverse impact on existing, committed or planned investment in a centre, it should be refused. In the opinion of the District Planning Authority, the proposal is located in an out of centre location and will have a significant adverse impact on the vitality and viability of the Old Town area of Leamington Town Centre and planned investment as part of the regeneration of that centre. The proposals are therefore considered to be contrary to the aforementioned policies.