Fears mount as progress continues in Richmondshire, The District Council planning committee on Tuesday (July 29) moved to permit Lingfield Catterick Limited to add an 870 square metre mezzanine level to a Sports Direct store in the development that already has an approved ground space of 929 square metres. Richmond councillors warned that any progress in the area or to allow an ever-increasing development would be tantamount to destroying small or independent stores and charity shops in nearby towns such as Richmond and Leyburn. Richmond Traders have been voicing concerns about the lack of consultation received. Councillor Stuart Parsons, who attended the meeting as a non-committee member said that local businesses are very concerned, Tesco had a strong impact on retail in both towns and now we could be looking at a 30 per cent hit on retail. We are supposed to be supporting our market towns, not destroying them.
Mr Featherstone said the garrison development would pull shoppers back into the district. He said: “Tesco was a large convenience store, and the impact of that at Catterick Garrison on Richmond was very different to comparison floor space. “When this scheme was initially brought to planning the economy was more buoyant that it is now, and the Ministry of Defence felt it could get a considerable return for the development Trade in this area is being lost in huge amounts to Teesside and Darlington and people don’t shop for comparison goods in Richmond.