Plans for a convenience store Co-op in Rainhill have been withdrawn !

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Plans for a convenience store that residents claimed would cause traffic “chaos” and increase the risk of “antisocial behaviour” were withdrawn.

What are the plans?

The Star reported after sending proposals to the council last year for permission for a co-op shop at Cranford’s former apartment house in Warrington Road, Rainhill.

Plans included to build a new 4,200 square foot unit; Establishment of a closed service yard with waste storage container and refrigeration plant; 26 parking spaces, including modifications to access to the current site; and an outside seating area.

The applicants claimed: “The new development of this vacant site will support the local community by providing a service to the immediate area but also providing additional employment opportunities.”

Almost 200 interceptions

However, nearly 200 residents have lodged objections to plans for a second co-op on Warrington Road, along with Rainhill Parish Council.

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One protester said: “I live directly opposite and was not consulted. I strongly object to this plan for several reasons – we have a village center focused on retail and leisure including a co-op less than a 10-minute walk away.”

Residents also cited “traffic congestion” in the area, which was described as “a really busy junction and it’s chaotic when picking up and dropping off the school and right next to the school crossing.”

The area was said to “already have a stand-alone store” and fears were expressed that this would “encourage youth congregation”.

St Helens Star: Warrington Road, RainhillWarrington Road, Rainhill (Photo: Google Street View)

“there is no need”

Other complaints included that the store was “too close to existing private housing” and the residents added “having witnessed a child fall, many accidents and many near misses, this is a death waiting to happen”.

“Noise pollution, lighting lag” and “heavy delivery vans/trucks operating on an already busy road” were also cited as concerns.

The resident added, “I would like to emphasize my strong objection to the construction of commercial buildings here unnecessarily.”

Another added: “A store on that land would cause chaos and suffocation and would undoubtedly attract antisocial behaviour. There is no need for that.”

Plans have been withdrawn

A notice on St Helens Council’s planning portal confirmed that the store’s application had been withdrawn. No reason was given for the withdrawal.

Correspondence from Planning Officers The applicant has been advised to speak to a case officer to discuss adjustments or revisions if they intend to reapply.




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