Call for judicial review of Co-op decision

Co-op set to close
Co-op set to close

Calls for a judicial review of the decision to build retirement homes on the exisitng Co-operative site have been backed by Pocklington Town Council.

The town council has written to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to request a judicial review of the recent decision made by the Western Area Planning Sub-Committee.

The George Street store is now set to close, although a closure date has not yet been released, and the site will be rebuilt as 55 retirement homes by McCarthy and Stone.

But councillors fear the closure will “decimate that particular area”.

Mayor Cllr David Sykes spoke of his concerns about retail space in the town and the decision’s disregard for the town’s local plan.

He said: “We don’t think that consideration was given to the reduction of retail space in a growing community that needed additional space, not less.”

Cllr Sykes is also concerned at the narrow vote with the chairman of the committee having the casting decision. He added: “I think it will have an adverse affect on the town.

“I think it’s another nail in the coffin with a number of shops that have 
closed recently.”

A date has not yet been set for the Co-op closure. A spokesperson said: “Regrettably, 25 staff at the store are at risk of redundancy. Every effort is being made to help them find alternative employment either at other local Co-op stores or elsewhere.”

Steve Secker, regional managing director for McCarthy and Stone, thanked the community following the decision. He said: “We are now looking forward to getting onsite and startingworkonthe development and will ensure to keep people updated throughout the construction process.”