Yesterday I met with the owners of the village shop in Kedington. Also present were their advisors. They are a lovely, hardworking couple providing a fantastic facility for the village. Many villages have lost their shops and are the worse for it.
They are seeking to build a new shop near the British Legion. The current shop has issues around parking and access for the delivery lorries. The owners want to expand the shop for commercial reasons.
The owners have carried out some local consultation and in fairness I was told there has been both positive and negative responses.
I had a look at the plans.
But …………… and it is a very big but. The plot they want to build the new shop on is outside the development area in the current local plan. As I have mentioned in other posts the local plan is arrived at through a democratic process over a number of years and specifies where development can take place.
Kedington is particularly sensitive to building outside the development area as it is keen that all the new building in Haverhill does not join up with the village.
I am sure this will keep me busy for a while.