Residents have less than 48 hours to stop a supermarket in the Butt Lane and Talke area. Mr S Sakhdari of Realty Estates Ltd has applied for a change of condition to the Linley Trading Estate site. Currently Linley Trading Estate has planning permission for 139 houses, but if these changes are approved several companies including Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsburys could move onto the site instead of a housing developer. It is clear that a supermarket would generate considerably more traffic than a housing estate.
Whilst councillors and residents continue to be pro-business, major concerns have been raised regarding local roads reaching saturation point. Congleton Road and Linley Road are becoming impassable at rush hour times due to congestion. Side streets including Church Street, Old Butt Lane, Woodshutts Street and Unity Way are also seeing a massive increase in traffic cutting through local roads to reach new housing developments recently built in the area.
The backing up of traffic on Linley Road up to Talke traffic lights will be further exacerbated if a supermarket is thrown into the mix. Supermarkets attract thousands of cars a day and the impact has not been properly weighed up by certain departments at the local authority. There is also a potential impact on the health and wellbeing of residents in Talke due to the increase in HGV delivery vehicles.
Kidsgrove currently has a large Tesco supermarket, an Aldi and several Co-operative food stores. Kidsgrove Town Centre Partnership has worked hard to ensure our local town centres are given a new lease of life and the group continues to look at ways to increase shopper footfall. It is quite clear that if another large supermarket is built within the town, we will see less people using our high street. Our neighbours next door in Alsager are due to have a new Sainsburys supermarket on the former Twyfords site and a large Co-operative store in Alsager Town Centre is rumoured to have been bought out by another leading supermarket company in an aggressive takeover. The local view is that more supermarkets in this area would be extreme and excessive.
If you are a resident of Talke, Butt Lane or Alsager and you want to object to the application the deadline to make comments is Friday 14th June.
Firstly you need to visit Newcastle Borough Councils Planning Public Access system by clicking the link below:
You need to register to make a public comment. The application reference number is 14/00362/FUL and can be entered into the search fields.
If there are considerable objections to this application there could be a possibility of stopping it altogether. Please make your views known. If you are not opposed then you are more than welcome to write whatever you wish on the planning portal. I support fair debate. Only recently, an independent Councillor on Kidsgrove Town Council accused Butt Lane residents of being Nimby’s, but that Councillor is regularly complaining about HGV delivery vehicles outside his own home due to a large shopping centre. A whiff of hypocrisy if you ask me!
Please read below my objections to AAH Pharmaceuticals application for the removal of condition 16.
Dear Planning Committee
I am writing to object to application 12/00652/FUL Removal of Condition 16 of Planning Permission 05/00313/FUL (Restriction to hours of access by collection and delivery vehicles). I am objecting to this item is for several reasons.
I am concerned about the adverse effect on the residential amenity of neighbours in the evening and early hours of the morning due to noise and disturbance from large delivery vehicles. Residents of Linley road and Old Butt Lane have reported to me over the years they are already heavily affected by the deliveries that take place in the day time. This is something they have learned to live with but I feel delivery vehicles using West Avenue in the evening will only make the current noise situation worse. These complaints are not something residents have made up. They are legitimate and as a ward councillor for Butt Lane I have witnessed the problems myself. It’s also confirmed that vibrations from the large vehicles using this road late at night can be very disturbing for residents whose bedrooms are located at the front of their properties. Headlights on the large delivery vehicles coming in and out of West Avenue also have an impact on the resident’s wellbeing in the evening.
I would also like the planning committee to look back on recent applications they have passed for huge developments of residential properties on most of the derelict land on West Avenue. Despite the noise impact assessment report pointing out: “The site lies within an established employment area and the use carried out by AAH Pharmaceuticals Limited is entirely appropriate”. The Question I have is what does the council want this area to be? A residential area or an industrial estate? If the proposed changes are passed by Newcastle Borough Council planning committee I am afraid they would be seriously misleading buyers of the new properties along West Avenue who at present think deliveries only take place in the daytime. Condition 16 makes the area more attractive to buyers who currently think there would be little disturbance from local businesses in the evenings and late at night. In fact viewers of the new properties are told there are no heavy deliveries late at night or at early hours in the morning.
I am asking the committee to sympathise with the residents and understand they have to live with constantly increasing traffic and expansion of business on a daily basis creating more and more noise and disturbance. We all accept there has to be give and take but it seems it’s always Butt Lane and Talke residents that have to be flexible when it comes to ever-expanding developments and business projects in this area.
Cllr Kyle Robinson