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Leek junction work back for decision...again

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

The St Edward Street and Church Street junction.

The St Edward Street and Church Street junction.

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A CONTROVERSIAL planning application to delete agreed work at a busy Leek junction is once again set to go before a planning committee for a decision.

The application by Sainsbury's has been withdrawn once by the firm and deferred twice by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's planning committee during the last 12 months.

The agreed work is part of the original planning permission gained by Sainsbury's in December 2010 to redevelop the nearby Churnet Works, off Macclesfield Road.

This included the right turn into St Edward Street from Mill Street being blocked, and a pedestrian crossing installed in Church Street.

When the matter came up at last month's meeting planning, applications manager Mike Green informed the planning committee that if members approved deleting the junction work, this would also delete the pedestrian crossing.

In the latest report to councillors, planning officer Jane Curley states Staffordshire County Council will monitor traffic at the junction if the planned work is deleted. It comes after Sainsbury's put in an amended application last June to cancel the St Edward Street work, claiming the predicted number of vehicles using the highway had not materialised.

The plan went before the planning committee last September, but was deferred and then later withdrawn by the supermarket.

The supermarket resubmitted the plans again early this year for permission to delete so-called 'Condition 50'.

But the plan was then deferred to consider a number of options in relation to the provision of additional pedestrian crossing facilities.

In the latest report, Ms Curley say officers will provide an update with any appropriate recommendations at tomorrow's, Thursday, planning committee meeting.

The document said: "The local highway authority has confirmed that the county council will undertake and take full responsibility for the periodic monitoring of the Church Street/St Edward Street junction over a three-year period to establish whether or not intervention is required.

"If the monitoring surveys establish that the original 2010 traffic threshold is reached over this period and delay/congestion is observed, then the county council will undertake to implement either the junction improvement or appropriate mitigating measure using monies already secured from the applicant.

"With this commitment from the local highway authority and this safeguard in place to monitor traffic flows/performance of the junction for three years and to carry out works if proved necessary with the funding already received, it is concluded that Condition 50 can now be amended in the manner requested by the applicant, namely to delete the requirement to carry out work to the Church Street/St Edward Street junction."

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