Site Allocations Local Plan - Preferred Options (Regulation 18 Stage)

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17. Retail

17.1 Core Strategy Policy CS11 states that support will be given to maintaining and enhancing the vitality and viability of Newmarket, Mildenhall and Brandon and the following additional retail provision will be made:

Towns

Net convenience

Net comparison

Total floorspace (net)

Newmarket

4,500sqm

10,500sqm

15,000sqm

Mildenhall

800sqm

800sqm

1,600sqm

Brandon

400sqm

200sqm

600sqm

17.2 Since 2006, the start date for the retail provision targets, the following large scale food store (mainly convenience) proposals have been approved and two have been implemented.

Site

Planning application reference

Implemented/not implemented

Proposed floorspace

Former Gas Works, Exning Road, Newmarket

F/2011/0712/FUL

Not implemented

4,653sqm

Replacement Tesco store, Fordham Road, Newmarket

DC/15/0517/VAR

F/2012/0704/FUL

Implemented

4,647sqm net gain

Land west of High Street, former nursery site, Lakenheath

2010/0338/FUL

DC/15/0530/VAR

Not implemented

1,817sqm

Sainsbury's Recreation Way, Mildenhall

F/2008/0268/FUL

Implemented

4,084sqm

Total

15,201sqm

17.3 These illustrate the overall convenience provision planned for to 2021 has been largely met through existing planning permissions. The unimplemented Exning Road site in Newmarket is allocated for retail proposes under Policy RE1 as set out below.

RE1(a) site plan

RE1(a) site plan

View Comments (1) (1) Policy RE1: Proposed Retail Allocations

The following site is designated as a retail allocation:

New reference
(former reference)

Site

Use Class

Area (hectares)

RE1(a)
(formerly N/03)

Former Gas Works, Exning Road, Newmarket

A1 convenience (food store)

1.6 hectares

Proposals should incorporate measures to decontaminate the site and provide for necessary highway improvements.

Sustainable travel provision including facilities for pedestrians and cyclists should be made.

17.4 Provision will be made for additional comparison floorspace to be provided within the town centres, this will be identified through the masterplan approach to the three towns of Brandon, Mildenhall and Newmarket. The level of detail of the masterplan should be appropriate and proportionate to the size of the town, and the constraints and opportunities it presents. It should identify how retail and other town centre use needs will be met.

Policy MP1: Town Centre Masterplans

Detailed masterplans will be prepared in line with Joint Development Management Policies Documnent Policy DM3 for Brandon, Mildenhall and Newmarket town centres. The town centre masterplan boundaries are identified on the Policies Map. The masterplans will provide the context for future development of the area and provide the framework for individual development proposals to come forward.

The masterplan will address the following:

  • town centre uses;
  • traffic management including car parking; and
  • the quality of the environment and opportunities for public realm improvements.

Applications for planning permission for sites, other than already identified in the plan for development and which would have a strategic impact on the development of the masterplan, will only be considered once the masterplan has been adopted as planning guidance by the local planning authority following public consultation.

View Comments (4) (4) Question 26:

Do you agree with the draft policies above? Are there any other issues which you feel should be taken into account in the policies?

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