Objections to convenience store plans for Holt pub site

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Proposed PLANS to build a convenience store on a pub car park have drawn dozens of objections.

The proposals, which seek permission to open a shop on the Holt Hotel site on Warrington Road, Rainhill, were submitted in late January.

The plans, which would see the pub retained, also include a relocated smoking shelter and beer garden following the demolition of the pub’s outbuildings, and a reconfiguration of the car park with altered access.

The application for the site, near the borough boundaries, was submitted to Knowsley Council’s Planning Department by Cordage Estates Limited.

The plans state: “The proposed new store will have a gross interior area of ​​approximately 342m² and a net selling area of ​​approximately 225m².

“The convenience store will operate as a small local food store helping to meet the daily needs of local residents, comprising a walk-in local population and a limited amount of transient commerce. The store is expected to carry a range of basic groceries, ready meals, sandwiches and snacks, beers, wines and spirits and a range of fresh fruits and vegetables.

A graphic of the proposed store Image: Knowsley Town Council Planning Portal

It adds: “There are a number of local shopping centers and minor shopping parades in the area, but a detailed assessment of these centers did not reveal any sequentially preferable sites in the center or on the outskirts of the center that could accommodate the proposed development. . ”

Some residents have publicly voiced their opposition to the proposals, citing concerns including traffic, parking, noise and pollution, and effects on local businesses.

A Facebook page was also created, expressing its opposition to the proposals.

The current plans follow an earlier application that was submitted in February 2020 and withdrawn in September 2020 pending further traffic analysis.

A deadline for determining the plans has been set for March 24.

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