Residents say ‘no’ to supermarket plans

A planning application has been submitted to convert the former Heysham health centre into a food store.
A planning application has been submitted to convert the former Heysham health centre into a food store.

Residents of a quiet cul-de-sac are up in arms about plans to turn the former Heysham health centre into a food shop.

Homeowners on Ripon Place in Heysham, many of them elderly, are unhappy about the plans, which they say will cause increased traffic, increased noise and increased littering.

One resident, Kathleen Broadhead, said: ““We need an optician’s, a vet or a dentist, not another shop, we have enough of those.

“People have trouble crossing the road now, if there is more traffic it will be a nightmare. The biggest concerns are noise, pollution and littering.

“They will be keeping the existing building and building a new two storey front to make the entrance.

“Its the noise from the freezer units to be sited at the side of the building which will be a problem. I have no objections to the landscaping of the area, as long as its aesthetically pleasing, and in keeping with the natural habitat.

“Then there is the fact that it will be detrimental to the character of the area and the privacy of the properties nearby.

“There may be a reduction in property values as well.There may be more of a problem with littering if the shop is there, as people may just toss their beer cans on the grass in front of our houses.”

Matthew Sobic of Savills, on behalf of the owner of the site ML (Heysham) Limited, said: “The application is a high quality proposal that will ensure the long-term future of the site, as well as creating 25 beneficial employment opportunities for local residents.

“The development is positive investment in Heysham that secure the long-term future of a previously developed site.” The planning and highways committee meets at Morecambe Town Hall on Friday, June 5 at 10.30am.