Car deal­ers get per­mis­sion to use ware­house car park

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News -

A SEC­OND hand car deal­er­ship has been given plan­ning per­mis­sion to use a car park of a for­mer ware­house site as a space to sell ve­hi­cles.

Car­world Su­per­mar­ket, in Ivatt Way, West­wood, ap­plied for plan­ning per­mis­sion to change the use of the front car park of the for­mer Free­mans dis­tri­bu­tion build­ing, across the road, into a car sales area.

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil has this past week ap­proved the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for the piece of land, which is 7,700 sqm in area.

As well as dis­play­ing cars for sale, the area of land will also be used to pro­vide ex­tra cus­tomer park­ing, in the form of 20 spa­ces, for Car­world.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was put for­ward by a Mr Mah­mood Fazal and re­sulted in no ob­jec­tions from high­ways or en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cers at the coun­cil.

Cat­a­logue gi­ant Free­mans Grattan left West­wood in March 2009, when it an­nounced it would be clos­ing down its city dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre, lead­ing to the loss of 500 jobs.

The com­pany opened its cat­a­logue shop­ping ware­house in the city in 1969 and at one point em­ployed some 3,000 staff.

More re­cently, the city coun­cil has been us­ing the build­ing to gen­er­ate a source of in­come through the in­stal­la­tion of roof-mounted so­lar pan­els.

The coun­cil awarded a con­tract to En­ter­prise last year to be­gin in­stal­la­tion of the pan­els, which when it is com­pleted will gen­er­ate 1.5 megawatts, cost £5.7 mil­lion and will re­sult in a profit to the coun­cil from sell­ing electricity of about £300,000 each year.

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