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Co-op submits plans for new store in Endon

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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A NEW Co-op food store is set to open in a village if given the green light by planners.

The Co-operative Food Group and Endon Service Limited in Leek Road, Endon, have applied to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for a change of use from a car showroom and MOT centre to facilitate the use of the ground floor building as a convenience store.

If approved the shop would create the equivalent of 15 full -time jobs.

A planning statement submitted on behalf of the applicants by Barton Willmore, planning, design and delivery, said: "It is proposed that the existing car sales and car repairs building will be occupied by a convenience goods retailer, the Co-operative Foodstore.

"The sale of goods will take place from the ground floor only.

"The existing occupier of the ground floor of the building, Endon Services Ltd, is to be partly relocated to the first floor. It is proposed the sales of car parts will take place from the first floor which currently exists. Therefore, no change of use is proposed at the first floor."

The food store would be open between 7am and 10pm, seven days a week, with deliveries taking place between 7am and 9pm.

The planning statement adds: "A single transit van will deliver newspapers to the front of the food store between 6am and 7am. It is expected that in total, there will be three deliveries to the food store per day, including for newspapers."

A design and access statement submitted on behalf of the applicants by darntonegs, Built Environment Consultancy, said that minor external alterations were planned.

The statement said: "Proposed work includes new doors and glazing to the front elevation of the ground floor of the existing building to accommodate the proposed food store operation.

"New bollards protecting the front of the foodstore and a new ATM adjacent to the entrance would be erected.

"Work would also involve removal of the existing low level windows to the side elevation of the ground floor and replacement of the existing rollers with new access doors.

"Existing customer parking arrangements will be improved, increasing the total customer car parking spaces to 26, which would also provide two disabled and two parent and child spaces. Eight additional car parking spaces are proposed for staff parking."

Endon with Stanley Parish Council discussed the planning application during its recent monthly meeting.

Members decided that while there were no planning reasons for them to recommend the plans for refusal, they expressed concerns over potential anti-social behaviour by youths "hanging around", the opening hours and sale of alcohol, and safety for school children walking to and from Endon High School and crossing the busy A53 Leek Road to get to the shop.

It is expected that a decision on the application will be made within the next eight weeks.

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