Spar shop plan for former Clitheroe car dealers site

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HENTHORN’S Spar shop could relocate to a site opposite Edisford Primary School in Clitheroe if an application is approved by Ribble Valley planners.

James Hall and Co. Ltd, Preston, who are the Spar distributors for the North of England, have submitted an application to Ribble Valley Borough Council to change the use of the former Perry’s Vauxhall garage in Edisford Road, Clitheroe, to a convenience store with parking for 13 customers and one disabled space.

The plans is to reuse the former car showrooms and garage, which closed down in 2009, to relocate the current Spar which is a few hundred metres away on Garnett Road.

A statement on behalf of the Janet Dixon Town Planners states: “The Garnett Road site suffers from lack of off-street parking, lack of adequate off-street delivery area and has, over the years, caused problems to neighbours because the shop is in such close proximity to surrounding properties.

“The relocation to the Perry’s site would provide much improved servicing and parking arrangements yet still be within convenient walking distance to the existing catchment of customers.”

If the plans are approved, modern windows will be installed, a new roof covering provided, and old doorways will be blocked up and rendered to match.

The store would be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.