Su­per­maket de­layed by plan­ning red tape

North Wales Weekly News - - NEWS - BY OWEN HUGHES­i­tymir­

FOOD group Co-op­er­a­tive has had to re-sub­mit plans to de­mol­ish a petrol garage in Rhos-on-Sea - with the open­ing date for a new su­per­mar­ket now ex­pected to be pushed back.

Work to re­move the garage fa­cil­i­ties started ear­lier this year at the Llan­dudno Road Tex­aco garage and con­ve­nience store known lo­cally as ‘Ge­ordie’s Garage’.

But it was then dis­cov­ered that the de­mo­li­tion per­mis­sion – se­cured by the site ven­dor – did not cover all the fa­cil­i­ties and a ret­ro­spec­tive ap­pli­ca­tion has now had to be sub­mit­ted.

Co-op has also sub­mit­ted a fresh ap­pli­ca­tion to se­cure the change of use for the flat above the old Spar shop.

They had orig­i­nally hoped to open the £750,000 store in late sum­mer but this date has been put back to the au­tumn.

A spokesman said: “Plan­ning has been ap­proved for a rear ex­ten­sion and re­moval of the pump is­land.

“Plans for the re­moval of one pump is­land only were sub­mit­ted by the ven­dor so ret­ro­spec­tive plan­ning was re­quired to en­sure that the re-de­vel­op­ment of the site meets with all plan­ning re­quire­ments. In ad­di­tion, the flat, also re­quired a change of use ap­pli­ca­tion.

“Decom­mis­sion­ing a petrol fill­ing sta­tion needs to be un­der­taken safety and cor­rectly, struc­tural engi­neers are on site, work is pro­gress­ing, and we ex­pect to see more of the phys­i­cal work start as we ap­proach mid-Au­gust.

“This is a large pro­ject and so we are con­tin­u­ing to li­aise and work with Conwy Bor­ough Coun­cil to en­sure that the de­vel­op­ment meets with all plan­ning reg­u­la­tions and re­quire­ments.

“It is hoped the new-look store will serve the com­mu­nity from this au­tumn.”

A Conwy coun­cil spokes­woman said: “A ret­ro­spec­tive plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for the de­mo­li­tion of the petrol sta­tion canopy and al­ter­ations to the shop unit is cur­rently be­ing as­sessed.

“We will con­sider and re­view the sit­u­a­tion fol­low­ing the out­come of this ap­pli­ca­tion.”

A spokesman for the Co-op had pre­vi­ously said: “It’s a good site for us and it will be an in­vest­ment of around £750,000 to de­velop a con­ve­nience store with a sales area of ap­prox­i­mately 2,500sq ft.

“Ex­tend­ing the ex­ist­ing store on the site, four new jobs are ex­pected to be cre­ated at the store.”

The garage’s clo­sure means the loss of the only fuel sta­tion in Rhos on Sea with driv­ers now hav­ing to travel to Llan­dudno or Col­wyn Bay.

Plans to build a Co-op­er­a­tive store on a for­mer petrol sta­tion site in Rhos-on-sea have been put on hold

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