Town council object to build on George Street

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

Pocklington Town Council has voted to object to the residential development which could see a store become retirement flats.

The Co-operative, in George Street, is set to close later this year and could see staff lose their jobs. In March, the Post exclusively revealed that the developers McCarthy and Stone planned to put forward proposals to build 34 sheltered apartments on the site.

Following the town council’s planning sub-committee meeting on Wednesday August 10, the council voted to object to the residential development under the main objection that “it is not an allocated site in the local plan and the impact the loss of the retail space will have on the town.”

The town council’s objection states: “The site is not allocated for residential development in the recently adopted local plan allocations document. The site is within the primary retail area and is the only large supermarket within this area. The two other supermarkets are outside the primary retail area.”

The Co-operative currently has two stores in the town and the smaller store, in Market Place, will remain open.

One resident, who asked not to be named, is concerned with the loss of the shop.

He has created a list of 16 reasons he believes people can use to object to the proposal. These include objections regarding the loss of the “important facility” which provides “an essential community service” and the “loss of the retail use on the site will impact on the viability of the Town Centre by reducing the footfall in the Primary Shopping Area.”

A spokesperson for developers McCarthy and Stone said: “McCarthy & Stone believes the site on George Street in Pocklington is ideal for specialist Retirement Living accommodation, which would address a significant undersupply in the local area.

“The site is close to the town centre and within easy reach of shops and services, making it highly suitable for specialist accommodation.”

A spokesperson for the Co-op said: “The planning application allows interested parties, including the Parish Council, to register their views in the most democratic manner. We look forward to hearing the outcome from the East Riding of Yorkshire’s planning department in due course.”

The deadline for public responses is today (Thursday August 18).