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Newark & Sherwood Local Development Framework Plan Review - Preferred Approach Town Centre & Retail

Preferred Approach Town Centre and Retail Questionnaire

Responses

List of answers to the specified question
ResponseOptionTextDate
#551008

Ref: 16/1/1

No - The growth of the future population in Rainworth as identified by sites earmarked for residential dwellings is high and  far exceeds the the growth recommended for retail use. Majority of consideration has been given to Newark, Southwell and Ollerton. Rainworth is a highly populated village and has a very small selection of retail outlets that cannot meet all the needs of its residents at present.

27 Jul 2017 18:32
#550343

Ref: 15/1/1

It appears that the preferred approach to meeting convenience retail needs is based on the 'superstore' floorspace capacity scenario. We would question whether this is appropriate given that the development of superstores has slowed rapidly in recent years due to changes in the convenience market, and because the qualitative needs identified by the Council in respect of sustainable urban extensions relate to smaller foodstores intended to meet local food shopping needs. In these circumstances it would seem more appropriate to use the higher floorspace capacity requirements identified under the 'supermarket/deep discount format scenario' in planning for the future convenience retail needs of the District.

25 Jul 2017 16:38
#550336

Ref: 14/1/1

We do not consider that the preferred convenience retail forecast represents an appropriate basis on which to plan future provision to meet needs over the plan period.

Paragraph 3.3 of the Carter Jonas report states official figures show that UK recovery began in 2013 and whilst GDP growth peaked at 2.9% in 2014, it slowed to 2.2% in 2015 against the backdrop of a waning global economy and further uncertainty on financial markets. It also states that the Brexit vote will further dampen business/consumer confidence and the prospects for growth in 2016/2017.
It is considered that this is somewhat incorrect as the Bank of England has raised its forecast for economic growth for 2017 to 1.4% largely on the basis of consumer confidence and continuation of consumers to spend largely within the retail sector.

The overall British economy grew 0.7% in the fourth quarter of 2016, an upgrade on initial estimates, confirming that so far the EU referendum and ‘Brexit’ has had next to no noticeable effect on economic trends in the six months following the vote. (See ONS Monthly Economic Commentary Feb 2017). Relative incomes have also grown on average by 4% in the last quarter of 2016.

Whilst clearly there remains some uncertainty moving forward (as is the case with any economic forecasting), the signs of consumer confidence are not weakening.
Whilst it is clear that there is no capacity for large superstore capacity within the district up until 2021, further capacity increases through 2026 and beyond reflective of the projected increases in population.

Less clear are the assumptions made in respect of the supermarket/discounter format category. Firstly, the categorisation of supermarkets and discounters in one category paints a somewhat misleading picture in respect of the demand and growth presently being experienced by discounters such as Aldi/Lidi on the basis of significant market growth by these retailers which is led by consumer demand. Furthermore, small format convenience retailers such as Co-op, Spar etc. are experiencing growth as consumers retailing habits are changing and moving away from the large format supermarkets and superstores. Further analysis of this should be undertaken in order to provide a more robust and realistic assessment of the exact level of demand and capacity within those individual convenience retailing sectors.

Without this further analysis it cannot be said with any certainty that the convenience retail forecasts represent an appropriate basis of which to plan future provision to meet needs over the plan period.

25 Jul 2017 16:18
#550298

Ref: 12/1/1

For the reasons set out above, we disagree with the approach to meeting convenience goods needs. A superstore at Newark South represents an appropriate and deliverable location to meet identified needs meeting the existing needs of residents living in southern Newark and future residents of the Newark South SUE. It is inappropriate to discount Newark South simply on the basis that it already benefits from planning permission for convenience floorspace. No reasonable justification or analysis is provided to discount the Newark South site.

*Additional information provided in the supporting information attached to these comments.

25 Jul 2017 15:08
#550285

Ref: 11/1/1

The limited requirement of 180m2 convenience floorspace for the Newark Urban Area to 2026 is acknowledged but should not be seen as a ceiling figure should a proposal for a new convenience store come forward in the first 10 years of the plan, particularly if this is within the Land at Fernwood urban extension. With the recent approval of major residential schemes at Fernwoodt he potential interest of retail operators could well emerge in the short term and should be accommodated whilst there is land available in the broad location of the local centre identifed at Figure 7 of the Core Strategy.

25 Jul 2017 14:50
#533977

Outwith Historic England remit

 

18 Apr 2017 09:54
#533974

Ref: 5/1/1

The limited requirement of 180m2 convenience floorspace for the Newark Urban Area to 2026 is acknowledged but should not be seen as a ceiling figure should a proposal for a new convenience store come forward in the first 10 years of the plan, particularly if this is within the Land at Fernwood urban extension. With the recent approval of major residential schemes at Fernwood the potential interest of retail operators could well emerge in the short term and should be accommodated whilst there is land available in the broad location of the local centre identifed at Figure 7 of the Core Strategy.

 

18 Apr 2017 09:45
#524677

No comment.

24 Feb 2017 20:34
#524237

Ref: 4/1/1

No - No account appears to have been taken of the expected and sustained increase in internet shopping for food, and the consequent decrease in demand for floorspace in the supermarkets and other convenience outlets.

24 Feb 2017 09:05
#521944

Ref: 10/1/1

Yes

17 Feb 2017 20:38
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