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Developer's bid to alter proposed opening hours of two shops is not fair on Donington residents says councillor

A developer’s bid to alter the opening hours of two shops have been recommended for approval despite concerns by ward members.

Minster Commercial Property Group received planning permission to build two retail units and a car park on a plot between Church Street and Bicker Road, Donington, last year.

But the group has applied to South Holland District Council to alter the opening and delivery hours to the new units.

Donington councillor Jane King (17305446)
Donington councillor Jane King (17305446)

The developer is hoping to alter the opening hours to between 7am and 10pm Mondays to Sundays and Bank Holidays.

It is also hoping to allow lorries to deliver to the new units between 7am and 8pm Monday to Saturday and 9am and 5pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

The application states that these deliveries are likely to be made by the same services which supply the ‘existing Co-op’ in Donington.

Members of the planning committee are recommended to approve the changes during the next meeting on Wednesday.

But concerns have been raised about the impact of these changes on nearby residents by Coun Jane King, who represents the village on the district council.

She said: “I think it is a bad idea as this is in a residential area.

“Having deliveries going ahead at these times is not fair on the residents.

“Church Street has always been a nightmare in terms of highways issues.

“Highways said that there haven’t been any complaints but I know there have been as I have put them through.

“I don’t think it is fair to have shops open between 7am and 10pm in a residential area.”

Fellow ward member Coun Henry Bingham feels that the delivery condition had been put in place to protect residents and should not be changed for the convenience of the operator.

A report to Wednesday’s planning committee meeting states: “The impact of this proposal on neighbouring residents is to be weighed against the impact on the operation of the proposed shops, and on balance, it is considered that the proposals would have a negligible impact on the amenities of residents.”

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