City council ‘powerless’ over supermarket developments

York Press: City council ‘powerless’ over supermarket developments City council ‘powerless’ over supermarket developments

CITY leaders have warned their powers to block new supermarket developments in York are limited, as campaigners claim more large stores will destroy local shops.

A petition signed by more than 1,600 people calling for no new supermarket developments - including Sainsbury's plans for a Hull Road store - to be approved without a public debate was last night submitted to City of York Council.

Businessman Graham Kennedy, who launched the campaign, said independent traders are one of York's strengths, but the growth of large and mini-supermarkets is endangering them. Osbaldwick councillor Mark Warters said a new Sainsbury's would create "traffic chaos", and Hull Road councillor Fiona Fitzpatrick raised concerns about its impact on Badger Hill shops and their community "relationships".

Council leader James Alexander said the authority was "restricted very heavily" over planning powers, while Coun Dave Merrett, cabinet member for planning, said competition could not be taken into account in planning decisions and some issues within the petition had to be debated in terms of national legislation.

However, Rural West York councillor Ian Gillies said planning rules were "deeply frustrating", saying: "Competition will always be there, but there must also be fairness."

A motion by the Liberal Democrats calling for an immediate end to the Lendal Bridge traffic trial had not been debated at the time of going to press last night.

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12:49pm Fri 28 Mar 14

meme says...

And **** right too
Should we stop more shops per say just to protect those presently trading?
Its called free market enterprise and change and evolution and to suggest that some should be restricted to benefit others is a nonsense
And **** right too Should we stop more shops per say just to protect those presently trading? Its called free market enterprise and change and evolution and to suggest that some should be restricted to benefit others is a nonsense meme
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1:46pm Fri 28 Mar 14

malonemalone says...

Bring on the big shops i say, well done Sainsbury. who wants to faff about in little shops selling out of date stuff at rip off prices.
Bring on the big shops i say, well done Sainsbury. who wants to faff about in little shops selling out of date stuff at rip off prices. malonemalone
  • Score: 6

4:10pm Fri 28 Mar 14

bjb says...

So let me get this right. The consumer should not get what is best for them and what they want, in favour of shop owners who are not able to compete.
So let me get this right. The consumer should not get what is best for them and what they want, in favour of shop owners who are not able to compete. bjb
  • Score: 9

8:52pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Teabag1 says...

You fools that's exactly what you will get in time no choice where to shop but the big 4 supermarkets, just like the big energy companies they are squashing all the competition till we have no choice left, we eat what thry tell us we pay what they tell us.
You fools that's exactly what you will get in time no choice where to shop but the big 4 supermarkets, just like the big energy companies they are squashing all the competition till we have no choice left, we eat what thry tell us we pay what they tell us. Teabag1
  • Score: -4

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