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Proposals for retail units criticised

Evesham Editorial 29th Jan, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

PROPOSALS to replace an Evesham charity shop with retail stores and a takeaway shop has been criticised by police over concerns of the impact on neighbouring properties.

An application to demolish St Richard’s Home Store on Broadway Road and put two new shops and a convenience store alongside a hot food outlet has been submitted to Wychavon District Council.

CTC Planning Ltd have put forward the idea for the planning committee to decide on, but Mike Stephenson, West Mercia

Police’s crime risk manager, has said changes need to be made if it is to be accepted.

In a letter written to the district council, he said: “In principal I have no objection to this site being developed as proposed.

“However, I feel there is insufficient information regarding the type of unit uses.

“My primary concern would be the hot food take away and the impact it would have on nearby residential properties.

“I would therefore seek that this development be conditioned to cease trading at 11pm daily to minimise the potential impact

on the community.

“Should the applicant agree to this conditioning, then I would remove my objection.”

The development would also include a parking forecourt with access from Broadway Road, where all potential deliveries would be made.

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