Supermarket impact to go under microscope

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A NEW study will be carried out to scrutinise any potential impact that supermarkets could have on market towns such as Louth and Mablethorpe.

A motion was put forward by Coun Daniel Simpson calling for the analysis at the latest East Lindsey District Council meeting.

This move comes during a time when supermarkets coming to our area is a hot topic, with a number of foodstore chains declaring interest in building stores in our market towns.

The motion was supported by portfolio holder for planning and the economy, Coun Craig Leyland.

The study will be carried out by experts and aims to look at the needs of individual communities in our area in order to gain clear evidence which can assist in the making of future planning decisions.

The council will work with local residents to ensure terms of reference are clear and transparent, as well as looking at what impacts supermarkets will have on both local businesses and town centres.

The study will then help to shape local planning policy in the future.

Coun Craig Leyland explained: “The district council is asked to make some very difficult planning decisions about supermarket provision in market towns and we need this detailed research to help us make informed decisions on these major applications.

“In developing the study we will be keen to work with town councils and other organisations with an interest to ensure it is robust and provides the detail needed.”

l Is carrying out the study a good move by the council? Email your thoughts to sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk .