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Netto set to move into former Focus store in Ormskirk

Plans are set to go before council on Thursday night

Netto want to move into the former Focus store on The Hattersely Centre in Ormskirk

Plans for a Netto supermarket to be built in Ormskirk are set to go before West Lancashire Borough Council planning committee tonight.

Developers have submitted an application for the supermarket to be built on the former site of Focus DIY on the Hattersely Centre.

The plans are set to be approved by the committee providing certain safeguards are put in place.

If successful the supermarket will open from 8am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and from 9am to 6pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Residents who live near to the site are worried the new store will add to traffic and noise disturbance in the mostly residential area however.

Five letters of objection have been received by the council from residents who argue that town centre shops will suffer as a result of the development and that the noise from deliveries at unsociable hours will affect the neighbourhood.

West Lancashire Civic Trust and Ormskirk and District community Council are also objecting to the proposal on similar grounds to the residents stating that it is “unlikely that shoppers will walk down from or up to the town centre.”

However the Assistant Director for Planning, John Harrison, disagrees with residents in his report to council and believes that the new supermarket will be a good thing for Ormskirk town centre.

Mr Harrison said: “The development will serve to further enhance consumer choice in a sustainable manner as well as reducing the length and distance travelled by residents in the local area for their shopping needs.

“The proposal will not result in a significantly adverse impact on any planned or committed investment in Ormskirk town centre.

“The proposal will bring back the vacant unit into beneficial use, enhancing the overall appearance of the existing building.”

His recommendation to councillors is to approve the application providing that the use of the remaining non-food retail units in the block remain restricted and the applicant enters into a legal agreement so no town centre retailer relocates.

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