An appeal has been lodged against the refusal of Planning Permission in December 2017 for the development of a Marks and Spencer Foodhall in the Leamington Shopping Park. Along with the Foodhall it was proposed to build two smaller non-food outlets.When the proposal was first made public in 2017, there were strong objections to the plans though also considerable support. Permission was refused on several grounds, including the possible impact of the development on the town centres of Warwick and Leamington and the additional traffic which would be created. Among the objectors were the Highways Authority, Warwick District Council and BID Leamington. In its detailed objections BID stated that there were enough units standing empty in Leamington Town Centre which would be suitable locations for the non-food activities and that the development would draw footfall away from the town centre, diminishing its attraction to visitors. BID also argued that to approve the proposal would be inconsistent with the Town Centre First policy in the Local Plan which emphasises the necessity of strengthening the appeal of local centres.
Anyone who would like to read more should go to the WDC planning portal: application number W/17/1470.