Councillors refuse changes to planning conditions of unit at Springkerse Retail Park

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Councillors refuse changes to planning conditions of unit at Springkerse Retail Park

Friday 6th October, 2017


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Stirling Council’s Planning Panel have continued a consistently expressed position on differentiating between the retail offering of the city centre with the nearby Springkerse Retail Park.


The Planning Panel voted to refuse an application that would have meant a retail unit doubling the floor space devoted to the display of goods usually found on sale in the city centre.


The applicant asked for an alteration to planning permission given in 2015, which limited the amount of floor space to 15 per cent for goods that might “adversely affect the vitality and viability of the town centre”.


The applicant wanted to increase this to 30 per cent. After careful consideration, the application was refused 4-3 by members of the planning panel because of concerns over the potential impact on Stirling City Centre.


Stirling Council Vice-Convenor of Planning & Regulation, Councillor Chris Kane said, “We recognise that the city centre and Springkerse Retail Park are both vital components of Stirling’s retail offering and it is hugely important that we do all we can to ensure the vibrancy of both spaces.


“When Springkerse Retail Park was given planning permission in the 1990s, it was on the understanding that the retail offering would complement, not compete, with the nearby city centre.


“Generally speaking, if you need to take it home in a car you’re more likely to find it at the retail park; if you need to take it home in a carrier bag, you’re more likely to find it in the city centre. I think our decision strikes a balance, something which is increasingly important to both city centre shopping and retail parks as more and more trade continues to move online.”

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