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PLANNING PERMISSION REFUSED FOR OSWESTRY SUPERSTORE

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Planning permission for a superstore on the busy A5 on the outskirts of Oswestry, Shropshire, has been refused by e...
Planning permission for a superstore on the busy A5 on the outskirts of Oswestry, Shropshire, has been refused by environment secretary John Gummer.

At the appeal inquiry the Highways Agency argued that the store would result in a dangerous increase in local traffic on the trunk road.

Although the inspector in his report recognised that the traffic would increase if the development went ahead, he recommended allowing the appeal.

The secretary of state said that although Oswestry had a thriving town centre and further retail development may be necessary, it should not be on an inappropriate site which does not meet the requirements of sustainable development in planning policy guidance notes 6 and 13.

He said it was government policy to encourage a range of shopping facilities for people who do not have cars and that retail development should be sited where car use can be minimised.
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