Planning document could mean town centres with no shops

TOWN centres could be left “without a heart” if proposals are passed to relax High Street retail space rules.

Tendring Council’s new Local Plan shows there will be no restriction on the type of commercial units in Dovercourt and Manningtree High Streets.

The Local Plan sets planning precedent for the next ten years.

Any building in primary shopping locations could be used for professional and financial services such as banks and estate agents, cafes and restaurants, drinking establishments or shops. Residential property would not be allowed to replace shops.

It means there would be no legal protection to keep town centres a shopping hub and could lead to a row of estate agents and banks. Previously there was a restriction where no more than 10 per cent of units could be non-retail unless given permission.

Concerns have been raised by councillors and traders.

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11:15am Wed 23 Jan 13

bloke down the pub says...

Shopping hub! Just a few rundown shops that people dont want.
Shopping hub! Just a few rundown shops that people dont want. bloke down the pub
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4:14pm Wed 23 Jan 13

saywhatyousee says...

Banks, Estate Agents & Charity shops. Thought that was the norm?
Banks, Estate Agents & Charity shops. Thought that was the norm? saywhatyousee
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7:52pm Mon 28 Jan 13

CRG2001 says...

Sadly the High Street will stay the same until the population are receiving decent wages, no matter how much the rules change. All of the old employment sites have been used or reserved for housing, and industry has nowhere to go. The port lacks investment and has been mothballed by the Chinese, just in case the economy changes in the distant future, with no thought for the local population. Industry has nowhere to go as most of the available land is in the the monopoly ownership of the port. The current local plan is fatally flawed and will blight the local populations employment opportunities for years to come. The busiest place in town, both in the mornings and evenings, is the roundabout at Ramsey when the migratory workforce is travelling to work. An urgent planning study of the area needs to be carried out and positive encouragement be given to inward investors if the deprivation is to be reversed.
Sadly the High Street will stay the same until the population are receiving decent wages, no matter how much the rules change. All of the old employment sites have been used or reserved for housing, and industry has nowhere to go. The port lacks investment and has been mothballed by the Chinese, just in case the economy changes in the distant future, with no thought for the local population. Industry has nowhere to go as most of the available land is in the the monopoly ownership of the port. The current local plan is fatally flawed and will blight the local populations employment opportunities for years to come. The busiest place in town, both in the mornings and evenings, is the roundabout at Ramsey when the migratory workforce is travelling to work. An urgent planning study of the area needs to be carried out and positive encouragement be given to inward investors if the deprivation is to be reversed. CRG2001
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