Council planning officers are recommending that the controversial plan to erect a boozy shipping container village on Piccadilly be approved.
The paper for the planning committee reveals that concerns about impact on the Conservation area and the proximity of the food and drink dominated plan to existing residential properties may be discounted.
The proposed approval of the scheme reflects badly on the competency of the planning system in the City. We already seen an ugly visitor centre approved for a site near Clifford’s Tower while Councillors earlier in the year gave the OK to siting an arts barge on the Ouse. The barge also will have alcohol at the heart of its customer offer.
If the shipping container plan is approved it is unlikely that we will see the permanent development of what is a key site in the City until late in 2020 at the earliest. The Council – which owns the site – has never satisfactorily explained why – since the end of the recession – they have not been marketing the location for permanent development .
Ironically it seems that the Shambles market will be one of the main casualties if the project does get the go ahead.
We feel very sorry for those residents living in properties to the rear of the site.
One is located only 2 metres from a container.