Lorries land shop in planning row
A SUPERMARKET chain has found itself in a planning pickle after complaints about delivery lorries parking on the road.
The Co-op was found in breach of planning control with Torbay Council because of a lack of parking facilities for its delivery lorries serving the new Walnut Road store in Chelston, Torquay.
The store recently relocated to larger premises further up the road but lorries have been reported parking on the road causing traffic problems.
A council spokesman said talks had been held with the company to resolve the issue.
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The supermarket has now been told to reserve the space in the car park for its delivery lorries instead of customer vehicles.
He said: "We have been working to resolve a breach of planning control at the Co-op in Walnut Road, Chelston.
"We responded to complaints about problems caused by delivery vehicles parking inappropriately in the road, and we held a meeting on site with store representatives to discuss the situation.
"We were advised that store vehicles were unable to park on the Co-op land because customers were parking there.
"We subsequently served a notice requiring the store to take steps to reserve most of the land, apart from a disabled person's parking space, for Co-op vehicles, and they are now complying with this notice."
A company spokesman confirmed the talks with the authority.
She said: "We have worked with Torbay Council to address concerns about deliveries to our store on Walnut Road, Chelston, and have taken steps to address the problem."