Store opening rules row

From left, owner of Ashton Mini Travel Vincent Kay, Brian Merry and Don Hodgkinson outside Morrisions store M Local, Bryn

From left, owner of Ashton Mini Travel Vincent Kay, Brian Merry and Don Hodgkinson outside Morrisions store M Local, Bryn

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A NATIONAL supermarket company has been accused of flouting planning permission in the opening of a new borough store.

Builders of behalf of high street giant Morrisons already stand accused of jumping the gun in starting work on Bryn’s World of Furniture site in Wigan Road ahead of councillors sitting to evaluate the project.

Now an angry ward councillor claims that the firm opened the Morrisons Local store ahead of the car park and external cladding being finished.

Conditions attached to the planning approval stipulated that building works needed to be finished before the firm started trading from the site.

Ashton independent Coun Don Hodgkinson, a retired grocer himself, is concerned that the supermarket firm is being given the kind of leeway which is denied to residents over their own domestic planning applications.

He said: “I think what has been allowed to happen with the Morrison’s store at Bryn is an absolute scandal.

“Rules and conditiona seem to have been cast aside or completely ignored for this store to go ahead.

“Law abiding citizens would not have been allowed to get away their planning applications but Morrison’s have and there sare a lot of people who would like to know why?”

“Morrisons store at Bryn allowed to open for business before the car parks were completed and the building work is still on going and causing traffic problems for all the surrounding businesses.

“In fact it has create a dangerous situation for pedestrians.”

Coun Hodgkinson said that the play group in the building at the rear of this store has seven spaces covenanted for public use for parking vehicles on.

But these have “never been available” since this project, to convert the former World of Furniture premises, began. He has now asked the council to explain why the council have failed to enforce the conditions which were attached to the application when it was granted.

In an email seen by the Post, Wigan’s planning department confirm that Morrisons have breached two of the official conditions attached to their planning approval.

Its officers were now investigating.

Morrisons were today studying Coun Hodgkinson’s complaint before deciding how to respond.

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