London And Scottish Investments have made a planning application to Amber Valley Borough Council to sub-divide 27 King Street – Poundland – into smaller units including a new entrance.
The site plan notes that Derbyshire County Council have given permission for 4 trees to be removed.
This is permission from the council as land owners rather than planning permission.
On the planning application in answer to the question ‘Are there trees or hedges on land adjacent to the proposed development site that could influence the development or might be important as part of the local landscape character?’ the applicants have answered ‘no’. However, the proposal to remove 4 trees is included in their Design and Access Statement.
It appears that Poundland wish to continue to lease half the site whilst a ‘high street retailer with a blue chip covenant’ has expressed an interest in the other half – the part adjacent to the walk through to the station and fronted by the 4 trees in question. The landlords note that the trees ‘totally obscure the retail frontage of the shop to the left hand side and in their current position make any possible retail option unfortunately un –workable as they stand.’
George Bryden, Derbyshire County Council’s Countryside and Woodlands Officer has written to London and Scottish to say:
“Following a great deal of consultation, both with members and officers of the County and District Councils I believe we may be able to agree to the removal of the trees in question, subject to the following conditions The existing trees to be removed and replaced with three trees of a more appropriate species such as Betula Alba (Silver Birch) which has a far smaller, lighter crown, with smaller leaves and branches as the existing trees.”
He goes on to note that this proposal would need to be approved by members.
The debate on Facebook has been fierce with dozens of contributors condemning the proposal. One person notes: “They’re whitebeams which mean that they have a valuable insects pollinate, berries appear, birds eat the berries system. And it’s great to have Poundland semi screened. Plus they work hard on the diesel emissions from the bus stop! There’s no need to cut them down at all.”
To view the application and register your objection or support go to: http://www.ambervalley.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/planning/development-management/planning-applications/view-a-planning-application.aspx#planListTop and enter the reference AVA/2016/0430. There is a tab on the application to register your views.
By David George
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