Technical glitch delays progress on new shopping centre for Bridlington

Technical issues have delayed a decision on plans for a new shopping development in Bridlington.

Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, 9:28 am
Site of Hilderthorpe Road coach park where a new shopping development is proposed.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning committee was due to discuss the plans for the former coach park on Hilderthorpe Road via online meeting platform Zoom, with the meeting being broadcast on YouTube for members of the public, last Thursday.

But because of technical problems - understood to be related to a Zoom upgrade - the meeting has had to be postponed until 2pm on Thursday, June 11.

Councillor for Bridlington South, Tim Norma,n welcomed the step of broadcasting the council’s meetings online.

“This is a magnificent development for Bridlington residents and I hope that when the pandemic has eased and meetings recommence in county hall, the streaming of meetings continues so that residents do not need the time and cost of travelling to Beverley to see their council working,” he said.

The shopping centre development plans have been recommended for approval, subject to a long list of conditions, when they go before the council’s planning committee.

An application has been submitted by Hargreaves Property Ventures Ltd for two large floorspace retail units - one proposed for a discount food store and another with a garden centre attached - and one smaller unit.

One of the reports attached to the original planning application included that one of the large spaces was intended for Lidl and the one with the attached garden centre was intended for B & M.

The development would also include 237 parking spaces, including 22 disabled or parent and child spaces.

The Promenades Shopping Centre has lodged two letters of objection to the plans which raise a catalogue of concerns regarding the potential impact on trade for shops in the town centre and The Promenades.

A report which will go before the planning committee says The Promenades has highlighted that the proposed development “has the potential to further decay the fragile viability of the town centre and The Promenades.

"The crossover in goods to be sold is immediately apparent”.

Two letters of support have also been received.

The site is next to the Grade II Listed Bridlington Railway Station and would require demolition of the excursion platform, which dates back to 1892.

A second planning application has been made for this which is also recommended for approval, subject to conditions.