In March 2010 a Government planning inspector rejected a scheme to transform Kendal Rugby Club's Shap Road ground into a supermarket and non-food retail units. Planning Inspector George Baird said in his report that the development would create an additional 180 vehicles an hour in both directions at the Station Road junction at Longpool. Local residents had opposed the application.
It was given the thumbs up by South Lakeland District Council's planning committee despite objections from a neighbour who was worried about the potential disruption from delivery lorries.
Tesco has resubmitted plans to convert a prominent Kendal town centre building into a store following feedback from the community and South Lakeland District Council.An application for the former Millets store on Highgate was originally submitted to SLDC by Tesco in August last year but was withdrawn after concerns were raised from local residents about its potential impact.
Sainsbury's won permission to build a 7,774sq metre superstore on the 7.8 acre Shap Road ground which is currently occupied by Kendal Rugby Union FC.
Tesco has lodged a planning application with South Lakeland District Council to maintain and repair the front of the former Milletts shop in Highgate, Kendal, prior to the business moving in. The application also includes new signage to the front, the installation of ‘acoustic’ louvre screens, alterations to a wall at the back of the building, the creation of a new plant room plus a new goods lift.
On Shap Road to South Lakeland District Council.
Tesco's decision to pull out of the Canal Head regeneration project has prompted a new planning application for a Sainsbury’s store at Kendal Rugby Club’s Shap Road ground. Developer Morbaine, which has retained options on the rugby club site, signed a new deal with Sainsbury’s for a food-only supermarket. The new Sainsbury’s would be smaller than the store proposed in previous applications, and would no longer include non-food retail space. It is the third planning bid Morbaine has submitted for the Shap Road site.
The developers announced they would be appealing against the decision. The appeal was rejected by the Planning Inspector, who said that the site has accessibility issues and was too far out of town.
Cheshire-based developers Morbaine said they have addressed the traffic issues and resubmitted another application. At the end of November 2011, South Lakeland District Council’s planning committee turned down the supermarket plans for the second time by eight votes to two.