Posted: Fri 6th Nov 2015

Queensferry Asda submit planning application after discovering they’ve been breaching strict planning rules for 5 years.

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Nov 6th, 2015

Planning documents submitted by Asda for its Queensferry store show the company has been breaching strict planning rules around inward deliveries for the past five years.

  • New application to deliver goods into store 24 hours a day now submitted

Asda submitted a planning application to Flintshire County Council in October to extend the hours in which HGV’s can deliver to their Queensferry store.

The supermarket wants to effectively have a 24 hour inward delivery operation from Mondays to Saturdays reducing to between a 6am to 9pm delivery window on Sunday’s and Bank Holidays.

Currently Asda are only permitted deliveries into store between 7.30am and 6pm – and restricted to eight hours on a Saturday, they are not permitted to accept deliveries Sundays or Bank Holidays.

The current limitations form part of the original planning condition set out by Alyn and District Council planners in March 1994 prior to the stores opening.

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As many residents living close to Asda will know deliveries into store go well passed the ‘permitted’ 6pm with articulated trucks often seen (and heard) at the delivery entrance well into the evening.

Asda say as part of an ‘estate review’ it became apparent the Queensferry store has  been accepting deliveries outside of the permitted hours set out in the 1994 planning document, this was due to a misunderstanding after changes to the stores management.

The original planning conditions around delivery times was implemented ‘In the interest of public amenity’ which generally means issues around potential noise disturbance in residential areas particularly in the late evening.

The supermarket say they plan to ‘legalise their operation’ however with the new delivery times which they are seeking approval on, the store will be able to accept deliveries 24 hours a day Monday to Saturday.

The company has identified the need for the Queensferry store to extend (and legalise) its operating hours to satisfy customer demands

Asda state there has been no complaints over the years with regards to noise and with the new proposed delivery hours HGV drivers will have to turn off engines, while store staff will be told not to shout at each other while outside in delivery areas.

The application is currently in its consultation period and the planning authority is actively seeking comments from public which you can do here.

Original Planning Document

 

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