What we need to be thinking is ,My
1. Where would a supermarket be built if Hibbert Lane was not for sale
2. Why was there not a need for another supermarket before June 2011
3. We would still be non the wiser to the proposed sale of the land if the proposals had not leaked out 4 months ago
4. Why has there suddenly become such a need
5. Why are some people in favour of selling educational land to ANYONE. statistics are there to show that there will be a need for additional college / school places in a few years
6. People are saying that Marple needs another supermarket because we are a growing town, so doesn't that mean we still need the additional education facilities Marple already has. Only a fool would sell an asset of this size and location, One can only assume that CAMSFC do not have our children's best future educational needs in mind.
answers to your questions Miss M are:
1. Don't know. Probably nowhere, as I'm yet to be convinced another site is available. This is potentially a key point which the superstore developer will seek to exploit. Is there an alternative? If there is, why has it never come forward before? Does this lack of previous supermarket proposals at other sites demonstrate that no other sites are actually available / practical?
2. In my view there always was. There just wasn't a suitable site available before that could be developed succesfully to satisfy the demand (see point 1).
3. True, but this isn't relevant to the planning process or ultimately any planning application. The leak has at least allowed the opposition to be mobilised quicker.
4. There hasn't sudenly become a need, IMHO it's always been there - see point 2.
5. I'll take your word for that - I'm not au fait with such statistics, so have no reason not to believe you.
6. Most of this statement is opinion and not relevant to the planning application if CAMSFC can demonstrate that the re-development at Buxton Lane can cater for properly forcast future need.
I'm not seeking to be confrontational here, only seeking to add to the debate. Having attended a number of public inquiry's, planning inspectors take no truck with 'opinion' and seek only to understand the 'factual' position. They can be quite terse and dismissive of campaigining if not backed up by facts and figures relevant to planning. I think many of the points you raise go towards the eventual heart of this process and I will be interested to see how the 'for' and 'against' cases progress.