Dear Chorley Borough Council,

With reference to the Aldi supermarket on Harpers Lane,Chorley:

1) Please can you tell me what allowance was given for parking on their site when the initial planning permission was granted. They have now imposed a limit of 90 minutes after which a charge of £70 is applied.

2) Please can you tell me if planning consent included a clause that the car park could be used by non-Aldi customers for example those visiting other retail outlets in order to prevent on street parking. If so, as the car park is now designated "For Aldi Customers Only" is this in breach ?

3) Do they have planning permission for the Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras they have installed?

4) Does the rateable value of the property now reflect the fact that they are generating income from the car park?

5) Is the Council's Rates Valuation Officer now aware that this car park is now being used to generate revenue and will the officer be reviewing the rates that Aldi should be paying now that the car park is no longer free ?

Yours faithfully,

R Banister

foi, Chorley Borough Council

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Yours faithfully

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Chorley Council

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Dear Mr Banister

I am writing in response to your request for information under the terms
of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Ref No FOI/13/400.

1)      Please can you tell me what allowance was given for parking on
their site when the initial planning permission was granted. They have now
imposed a limit of  90 minutes after which a charge of £70 is applied.

 

There are three planning applications which are of relevance:

Application: 89/01198/FUL “Redevelopment of scrap yard for retail units”
Decision Notice issued: 12.06.1990

Application: 06/00371/FUL “Front extension to superstore approx 327 square
metres” Decision Notice issued: 16.06.2006

Application: 06/00886/FUL “Erection of front extension to superstore”
Decision Notice issued: 12.09.2006

I attach the decision notices, planning officer reports and approved site
layout plans (where referred to in the decision notices) for the three
applications referred to above. In the Planning Officer reports on
Applications: 06/00371/FUL and 06/00886/FUL, the Planning Officer notes
that the proposals would reduce the number of car parking spaces from 104
to 88.

There is no reference in any of the applications to a time period being
imposed or being required to be set for parking – and therefore the time
limit is a matter for the operators/managers of the Aldi supermarket car
market and not the Local Planning Authority.

There are no restrictions specifying how the car park is to be managed as
that is outside the scope of planning control and is for the landowner to
determine.

 

 

2)      Please can you tell me if planning consent included a clause that
the car park could be used by non-Aldi customers for example those
visiting other retail outlets in order to prevent on street parking. If
so, as the car park is now designated "For Aldi Customers Only" is this in
breach ?

 

In none of the three decision notices attached was there ever a condition
imposed to prescribe the use of the car park, or its users – and therefore
the car park use is a matter for the operators/managers of the Aldi
supermarket car market and not the Local Planning Authority.

 

There are no restrictions specifying how the car park is to be managed as
that is outside the scope of planning control and is for the landowner to
determine.

 

3)      Do they have planning permission for the Automatic Number Plate
Recognition cameras they have installed?

 

The Automatic Number Plate Recognition Cameras and CCTV poles, and whether
they would have required planning permission is under investigation by the
Council’s Planning Enforcement Officers.

 

 

4)      Does the rateable value of the property now reflect the fact that
they are generating income from the car park?

 

Please see response to Q 5 below

 

5)      Is the Council's Rates Valuation Officer now aware that this car
park is now being used to generate revenue and will the officer be
reviewing the rates that Aldi should be paying now that the car park is no
longer free ?

 

With regards to Questions 4 and 5, The Valuation Office Agency (VOA), part
of HM Revenues & Customs, are responsible for assessing the rateable
values of non-domestic properties. The Council has now requested that the
VOA review the rateable value for Aldi Foodstore on Harpers Lane.

 

 

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Yours sincerely

Paul Sudworth

Information Manager
Chorley Council

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Dear foi,

Thank you for the response and information.

I look forward to hearing from you regarding the outcome of the investigation by your planning officer and the response given to the Council by the VOA.

Yours sincerely,

R Banister

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