Concerns over Co-op plans

A resident has claimed that granting an alcohol licence to owners of a new Co-op store may fuel anti-social behaviour.

The objector, who lives near a proposed shop in the car park of the Greyhound Inn, Whitemoor Lane claimed that drink-related crime was already an issue in the area and urged Amber Valley borough councillors to turn down an application.

The authority’s licensing committee was due to meet today (January 22) at Ripley Town Hall to consider plans for the store to serve alcohol between 6am and 11pm seven days a week.

Derbyshire Police said they had no objections to the proposals. However, one unnamed local has written to the authority, saying they are “appalled” with the plans and lodged a formal objection.

It states: “There is a public house in the grounds of which this development is to take place, there are also no fewer than four addition off-licenced premises within about 700 yards (one literally across the road from the site).”

The objection went on to express concerns over anti-social behaviour and added: “These factors suggest that no-one has really considered the impact on the area in which we have to live.”

In their application, the Co-op said it would install CCTV and operate a proof of age scheme such as Challenge 25 at the venue.

Trading Standards officials initially opposed the application on the grounds it did not include enough information on how the Co-op would record training provided to staff selling alcohol.

However, after Co-op said it recorded the training electronically Trading Standards said it had “no issues” with ther record-keeping on the matter but said it must be able to inspect the records if requested.

The proposal for the 372 sq metre building seeks to “meet a local need within the surrounding area”.

A report previously submitted to Amber Valley Borough Council to support a planning application, said: “The site is intended to specifically provide easy daily top-up convenience shopping for the immediate local area.”

The report claims that the parking spaces left would be “more than sufficient for both the customers of the public house and the proposed retail development. It would also be in line with current parking standards”.

The proposed single storey building would be is rectangular and is 29.3 metres long and 14.1 metres wide. It will be six metres high at the front and 4.5 metres at the rear.