Controversial plans for village Co-Op store get the go-ahead

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 9 Jan 2018

Plans to build a Co-Op supermarket in the village of North Somercotes have been given the green light by East Lindsey District Council - despite some objections by local residents.

As previously reported in September, the Co-Op had applied for permission to erect a convenience store, with the provision of parking and a pedestrian access on the site of the former Exchange garage buildings on Conisholme Road; which are to be demolished.

A Parish Council meeting was held to discuss the plans and residents appeared to be divided over the plans, with petitions and letters being sent to ELDC both in favour of and against the potential Co-Op store.

Those opposed felt that with two convenience stores already in the village, which is popular in the winter for visitors to the seal colony - that there was no need for further competition. Those in favour argued that more choice was needed and the provision of a pharmacy would also be a welcome addition.


The proposed site of the Co-Op on Conisholme Road, North Somercotes (Image: Grimsby Telegraph)

The proposed store which would create up to 25 new jobs in the area, represents an investment of over £600,000, by the Co-Op. They hope to open it towards the end of the year, subject to it being granted a premises licence.

The 2,500 sq ft store will have an in-store bakery and a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials.

Alistair Smith, acquisitions manager for the Co-op, said: "We’re looking forward to opening a new store in North Somercotes.

"We’re delighted to have the opportunity to provide shoppers with our wide range of award-winning food, in a store designed to be easy to use for everyone.

"The new store will also bring a funding boost for community groups through the Co-op’s recently launched Membership scheme.

"Members receive a 5 per cent reward on purchases of own-branded products and services, with a further 1 per cent going directly to local causes to make a difference in the community."

Good causes that have benefited from the local community fund in the area include Lincoln & Lindsey Blind Society, along with Louth's Spout Yard Weather Proofing Project and St Michael's C of E Primary School.

Students in the area who hold a NUS extra card can enjoy a 10 per cent discount off their groceries at the store.


Plans showing the proposed front elevation of the Co-op (Image: Wellsfield Associates)

Tony Hind, head of new store development, added: “We’re committed to finding great locations for our new stores, we know people want to be able to buy high quality food near to where they live and work, in handy-sized shops that are open at convenient times.

"We opened 100 new stores last year and will open another 100 again this year and are always on the lookout for new sites where we can be at the heart of local life."

The plans were officially approved on January 5, and East Lindsey District Council have granted permission, subject to the following:

Key conditions:

  •  The development must begin within three years
  •  Is carried out in accordance with the approved plans
  •  No deliveries shall be taken or dispatched outside the hours of 7am to 9pm Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm on Sundays , Bank or Public Holidays (with the exception of newspaper deliveries)
  •  The store shall only open between 7am and 10pm.
  •  Cycles racks are to be provided at the site
  •  The net retail floor area shall not exceed 232 sqm

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