Booths store gets the nod

BOOTHS has got the go-ahead to build a new 3,230 sq metre store on a greenfield site off the A6 near Scotforth.

But plans by Commercial Estates Projects (CEP) for a larger 7,250 sq metre 24-hour store next door near the former Lancaster Garages site have been thrown out by Lancaster City Council’s planning committee.

The CEP scheme, which had attracted interest from the ‘Big Four’ supermarkets, also included a petrol station, 50-bed hotel with a pub and restaurant and a 500-space car park.

Councillors had been advised to back the detailed Booths scheme and reject the outline CEP proposals in a report prepared by council consultants Whyte Young Green.

They concluded that too much traffic would be generated locally by the CEP scheme, despite the applicant’s offer of a £2m package of transport improvements.

CEP’s claim that 6,000 fewer vehicles would need to travel through the city centre every day for food was described as “optimistic”.

See the Lancaster Guardian (05-05-11) for full story.