Cash and carry firm to fight store plan refusal

A BATLEY cash and carry business whose application to become a supermarket was turned down has appealed against the decision.

Kirklees Council’s Heavy Woollen Planning Committee refused permission for Mullaco Foods to convert their building on the corner of Wellington Street from a warehouse to mixed use – comprising a warehouse, food processing, cash and carry specialist food store and car park.

The application attracted a large number of objections from local residents on Purlwell Lane, who said the site was unsafe.

A report recommended councillors refuse the application as it had “failed to demonstrate that adequate servicing facilities can be provided to serve the intensified use and avoid conflict between different users of the car park at times of deliveries and movement of goods.

“The proposal would have an unacceptable impact on the safety of customers visiting the site.”

Councillors voted unanimously to accept the recommendation.

Mullaco Foods was issued with an enforcement notice which stated they must return the site to a cash and carry by January 6. But complaints have been made that the site is still operating as a supermarket.

Kirklees Council confirmed it was aware of the situation but said that due to an appeal in place, the enforcement notice was suspended.

A Council spokesman said: “Following the Heavy Woollen Planning Committee’s decision to refuse the planning application, the council issued an enforcement notice on October 28.

“One complaint has been received since the planning application was refused. The enforcement notice requires the retail use to cease.

“The owners have since lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate against the notice.

“In line with normal procedures, the requirements of the enforcement notice will be suspended until the outcome of the appeal.

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