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Leek junction plan deferred again

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 08, 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 DECISION on a controversial planning application to delete agreed work at a busy road junction has once again been deferred.

At the March meeting of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's planning applications committee, members agreed to defer an application by Sainsbury's to delete a condition involving work at the St Edward and Church Street junction in Leek, to enable more talks to go ahead with the supermarket regarding a pedestrian crossing being installed nearby.

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.

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The work has not taken place despite the store being open for more than a year.

The application to delete the agreed work was again put before the planning committee last week.

Planning head Mike Green told the committee: "Negotiations are still ongoing with the applicant."

The meeting came in the same week a coroner called on council chiefs to look at installing a pedestrian crossing and better lighting in the area after the death of a Leek pensioner.

Harold Henshall was crossing Church Street following an evening church service on February 17 last year when he was knocked down by a car.

However, a report submitted to the latest meeting recommended the application to shelve the work be approved.

Last June Sainsbury's put in the amended application to cancel the St Edward Street work, claiming the predicted amount of extra traffic 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The plan went before the planning committee last September, but was deferred and then later withdrawn by the supermarket who resubmitted the plans again a few weeks ago.

The latest report 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 the condition 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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