‘Call-in’ demanded for car park plan

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The Government is being asked to step in to decide the controversial decision by Ryedale District Council to approve the building of a supermarket on the Wentworth Street Car Park in Malton.

The town council agreed to back a letter by the Town Clerk, Mike Skehan, asking for Secretary of State for Local Government, Eric Pickles, to “call-in” the decision made by the Ryedale Council’s planning committee on the council-owned land.

The council’s letter, addressed to the Government’s National Planning Casework Unit, said: ”There is a very clear threat to the delivery of the Livestock Market site plan.

“An operator of the Wentworth Street site will, even to RDC’s own commissioned reports, impact on and compete with the existing town centre economy, to be viable.”

If the decision by the planning committee was not examined independently by Mr Pickles’ department, the letter adds, it would be seen “by a large majority of the people of Malton and its surrounding area, as a failure for localism and a dismissal of the relevance of their opinion.”

The Fitzwilliam (Malton) Estate wants to carry out a multi-million pound retail development on the livestock market site, which is set to be re-located to a site close to the A64 and A169 junctions near Eden Camp, Old Malton.

Thirsk and Malton MP Anne McIntosh who is to be invited to meet the council over the issue, said later that she would be happy to do so.

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