by Iain Roberts on 1 February, 2016
It’s now five months since the planning application to develop Gatley’s Tatton site was submitted by the owners, Dickens, and accepted by the Council.
The application is for a large convenience store on the ground floor and flats above and behind.
Five months is an unusually long time to wait, and we’re told that the delay is mostly down to the owners needing to supply extra information – for example on highways issues.
We hope that the planning application proceeds and we see suitable development on the site sooner rather than later: we’ve all waited far too long while a succession of owners have sat on the site and done nothing with it.
There are no certainties though. Even with planning permission, there’s no obligation on the owner to develop the site (as attested by the thousands of stalled developments around the country). So the Lib Dems have pressed the council to make sure the Compulsory Purchase Order process continues at the same time.
A CPO isn’t a magic bullet either: it can be challenged in court and, while the council believes it has a strong case, it’s always possible a judge might decide otherwise. Overall, though, this twin-track approach gives us the best chance of getting the Tatton site sorted out.