WENTWORTH STREET CAR PARK (WSCP) by malj

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									              WENTWORTH STREET CAR PARK (WSCP)
                             www.savewentworthstreetcarpark.co.uk

  On 17th November, Ryedale District Council will vote again to sell Wentworth Street
    Car Park for development into a supermarket/superstore, this time to choose the
                                      developer.
  In RDC’s published timescale, planning permission could be granted by 31st January
                                        2011.
            Councillors come up for re-election in 2011, but not until May.

  IF YOU AGREE THAT THE CAR PARK SHOULD NOT BE SOLD, YOU MUST
                            ACT NOW

The Council‟s plan to sell off WSCP is being done in considerable haste, rather than using the
LDF process (Local Development Framework/The Ryedale Plan) to consider all sites, retail
needs, housing and highways as a whole. All the evidence of the Council‟s own consultants
makes it clear that a new supermarket would result in over provision, as well as closure of
competing shops and businesses and net loss of employment.

Supermarkets sell “convenience goods” (food, cleaning and items in the weekly shop). Roger
Timms & Partners (RTP), the council‟s consultants, reported in September 2008 that the
convenience retail retention of the Malton & Norton catchment area was already 80%. Retail
retention in the “overall catchment area” is 62.7%. The overall catchment area is greater than
the area of Ryedale District, reaching almost to the York ring road and the outskirts of
Scarborough. It seems unrealistic to think that by concentrating all new convenience retail
space into Malton & Norton, overall convenience retail retention will grow from 62.7% to
80%.

RTP are „shopping experts‟ who use nationally accepted data and projections to forecast
required retail capacity. In 2006 RTP forecast that the net retail sales capacity required for
convenience goods in the whole of Ryedale by 2015 was 28,406 sq ft. In September 2008
they updated their forecast to say that this was required by 2021, not by 2015, and that they
did not consider Wentworth Street Car Park (WSCP) to be a short term development
opportunity.

In 2007, RDC had commissioned another planning consultant, WSP & Atisreal, whose initial
recommendations did include a large superstore on WSCP. It would seem, however, that
WSP lack the necessary expertise to deal with retail statistics, as their conclusions contained
no justifying tables, data or calculations. RTP‟s updated report (Sept 2008) was not published
until April 2009, when it was presented as an appendix to a second WSP report. By then,
WSP had changed their minds and stated: The implication of these figures is that there is not
enough new retail capacity in the short term to support a supermarket on Wentworth Street
Car Park.

Since then, the Council has granted permission to Lidl & Morrisons for a combined total of
17,748 sq ft increased convenience sales. It is worth noting that RTP had advised against the
proposal by Aldi to develop the clothing factory site on Welham Road: Allied to an apparent
lack of quantitative need, we are concerned that the proposed foodstore could potentially
have an adverse effect on the vitality and viability of Malton & Norton town centres.

RDC has no Highways Strategy in place to deal with increased traffic engendered by a large
supermarket/superstore on Wentworth Street car park.
RDC have chosen a route whereby they would retain no control whatsoever over a superstore.
In contrast, the inhabitants of Sheringham in Norfolk, working with their council, have so far
resisted a superstore. Castle Douglas in Scotland now has a Tesco, but thanks to good
collaboration with their council, the inhabitants have managed to limit its size and what it
may sell to protect their independent businesses. The councils of Sheringham and Castle
Douglas worked with their people, while the majority on RDC are pushing for a superstore
against the wishes of the people of Malton & Norton.

The ONLY hope of changing the outcome on 17th November is to persuade those who
voted in favour of the sale of WSCP to change their minds. Please make them all aware
of your opinion. Also, please ask your contacts throughout Ryedale if they will do the
same, since councillors are most likely to listen to the views of people in their own wards.

          TO KNOW HOW YOUR COUNCILLOR VOTED ON 29TH JULY,
                 GO TO ‘Councillors’ ON OUR HOME PAGE

Signed: Jason Fitzgerald-Smith, Paul Beanland, Emma Brooksbank, Nicholas
Brooksbank, Malcolm Chalk, David Lloyd-Williams, Gavin Read, Stephen Shaw, James
Stephenson, Denys Townsend

								
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