Health centre will become new store

The former Heysham health centre is to be turned into a food store.
The former Heysham health centre is to be turned into a food store.
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A former health centre in Heysham is to be turned into a food store after city councillors gave the thumbs up to plans today, Monday.

Members of the planning committee approved the proposals by ML (Heysham) Limitedm despite the concerns of residents living near the site.

The council had been sent 13 letters onjecting to the plans, many highlighting issues such as an increase in traffic, the impact on people’s privacy and the likely increase in litter, vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

There were also concerns about the impact the store would have on other local businesses.

Residents said they did not need another convenience store in the area.

Residents had also been concerned about the noise from machinery on the site, cuch as freezer units, but environemntal health had not raised any concerns.

Heysham South ward councillor Colin Hartley spoke at Monday’s meeting against the scheme.

He said: “A new store is not wanted or needed.”

Coun Hartley outlined his concerns, which included environmental issues such as noise and disturbance, the impact on people’s lives and the loss of privacy they would suffer.

He also raised concerns about traffic safety and the impact the store could have onthe local economy, and the effect it could have on other shops.

In approving the plans, councillors agreed to alter the requested opening hours to 6am until 10pm Monday to Saturday, rather than 6am until 11pm.

The scheme includes a parking area for 35 cars, as well as two motorcycle bays and two cycle stands.

It also includes the implementation of a pedestrian refuge in the middle of Middleton Way, near its junction with Emmaus Road, to assist people crossing the road.

Several trees within the site are to be retained, including a memorial tree close to the health centre building which has a tree preservation order.

The store is expected to bring in 25 new jobs.