Marple Community & Shops are under threat - say NO NOW!
Marple in Action
is a group formed in response to the threat of a proposed
The current situation has arisen because Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College want to sell the Hibbert Lane Campus and raise £10-12m to refurbish the Buxton Lane Campus.
There is nothing to stop the College selling the land to the highest bidder they can find, and given that they need to such a large amount of money, it appears that only the large supermarkets can afford to buy the land.
According to Stockport Council, the Hibbert Lane Campus is outside the District Centre boundaries of Marple and therefore is outside the retail 'zone' and any planning application for retail use on the site would be refused.
BUT refused applications can be appealed against, and there have been many instances of supermarkets gaining permission after the appeal process. On 27 June 2008 Manningtree Town Council (Stour) opposed the proposed Tesco Store. Tesco appealed, and on 12 May 2010 the District Council rejected the application again. Tesco submitted a new planning application and held a series of public exhibitions. The application was due to heard on 26 July 2011 by the District Council, but was deferred. [Source: stourcommunityfirst website www.stourcommunityfirst.org/html/news__comment.html]
The appeal process is not a local process, decisions are taken at national level, and the appeal process has to be paid for by Stockport Council (ultimately the taxpayers) [Read press release about the cost of Tesco appeal in Hadleigh www.eadt.co.uk/news/hadleigh_tesco_plans_rejected_in_knife_edge_vote_1_95557]
We could not prevent a supermarket buying the land the holding on to it until they have worn the appeals process down (in Prestatyn it took Tesco 15 years to finally get permission, the land was turned into a temporary car park which was an eyesore).
Waiting until a planning application is submitted by developers and raising objections at that stage is too late, most of process takes place in pre-planning meetings that the public are not consulted about. The planning permission is the 'rubber-stamp' to what has been agreed in the pre-planning meetings.
Marple in Action is NOT against another supermarket opening in Marple, but think that it should:
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