Car dealers get permission to use warehouse car park
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.