As many of you will already be aware, the Planning Committee at Fenland have approved plans for a supermarket at the Benwick Road site. For various reasons I was not able to be part of the debate, however, it was one of the longest debates I can recall at planning committee and I totally respect the outcome.
My personal preference would have been to consider both of the applications at the same time. There is a history of planning applications for supermarkets being ultimately decided in court. Considering both together may have minimised the risk of this happening and could have helped to ensure a local decision.
However, even a decision made at a meeting where both were considered could have ended up in court - or be decided by the Secretary of State. People need to be aware that the decision made yesterday may not be the end of this and there is a possibility of court action or that the Secretary of State will have something to say.
Just to make my point, these links are for supermarket applications that have court involvement and are fairly current: