Plans for Co-op convenience store in Rainhill withdrawn

PLANS for a convenience store said they would cause “traffic chaos” and increase the risk of “antisocial behavior” have been withdrawn.

What were the plans?

The star reported after proposals were sent to council last year to get approval for a co-operative store at the former Cranford Residential Home on Warrington Road, Rainhill.

Plans included for construction of new 4,200 square foot unit; Creation of a closed depot with rubbish bin storage and cooling system; 26 car parking spaces, including changes to the existing access road to the site; and an external communal seating area.

Applicants claimed: “The redevelopment of this vacant site will support the local community by providing a service to the immediate area, but will also provide additional employment opportunities”.

Almost 200 objections

However, nearly 200 residents joined Rainhill Parish Council in objecting to plans for a second cooperative on Warrington Road.

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One objector said: “I live across the street and have not been consulted. I am strongly opposed to this plan for a number of reasons – we have a village center focused on retail and entertainment including a co-op less than 10 minutes walk away.”

Local residents also cited “traffic congestion,” with the area being described as an “already busy intersection that is chaotic at school pick-up and drop-off and next to the school crossing.”

It was said that the area “already includes an independent grocery store” and fears were expressed that this would “encourage youth gatherings”.

St Helen's Star: Warrington Road, RainhillWarrington Road, Rainhill (Image: Google Street View)

“It is not needed”

Other complaints included that the store was “too close to established private homes,” and residents added, “having seen a child being knocked over, many accidents and multiple near misses, this is a death waiting to happen.” to become”.

“Late light and noise pollution” and “vans/trucks turning onto an already busy road” were also mentioned as concerns.

The resident added: “I would like to express my strong objection to the unnecessary creation of commercial space here.”

Another added: “Doing business on this land will cause chaos and deadlock and will no doubt attract anti-social behaviour. It is not necessary.”

plans withdrawn

A notice on St Helens Council’s planning portal has confirmed that the application for the deal has been withdrawn. A reason for the withdrawal was not given.

A correspondence from planning officials, the applicant was advised to speak with the clerk to discuss changes or revisions if they intended to resubmit. Plans for Co-op convenience store in Rainhill withdrawn

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