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Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Morrisons Clifton planning decision on hold

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Ambitious plans to create several new shops and a gym around the Morrisons supermarket in Green Lane, Clifton, have been put on hold.

The unusual decision was taken over several concerns including parking, noise and building design were raised by councillors.

The move will now be re-considered by planners before another vote on the plans.

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If approved, the redevelopment would include six new retail units and a gym.

A decision was due to be made at the April meeting of planning committee, but has now been rolled over until May.

The plans come after work to redevelop land nearby – which is also in Green Lane and is known as Clifton Triangle – began to make way for a new Lidl supermarket, four non-food retail units, a restaurant and 24 apartments.

Papers attached to the planning application state that Morrisons’ proposal would link that Lidl development with shops in Southchurch Drive.

However councillors raised concerns about the proposal, and have asked city planners to work with Morrisons.

Councillors welcomed the overall principal of the development, but had worries about the noise surveys and the loss of 62 parking spaces.

Minutes of the meeting, which was held at Loxley House on Wednesday, April 18, show that: “There was some concern from councillors regarding the aesthetic of the scheme and the quality of design.

“The intention is for the ground floor to be brick, with cladding above, with details of the materials to be agreed at a later date.

“Planning will work with the applicants to ensure that the cladding is appropriate and not too dark.

“It has been a challenge to design given the unusual context of a two storey development next to an existing supermarket with its own distinct style.

“Sensitivity surrounding the height of the proposed development lends itself to a flat roofed design for the new units.”

A council spokesman said the decision had been: “Deferred to enable the council’s environmental health team to assess late representations received on behalf of a neighbouring resident regarding the applicant’s noise assessment.

“The application is to be reported to the May Planning Committee for a decision.”

Morrisons was unavailable for comment.

A decision is now expected to be made by the committee on Wednesday, May 16.