Store size limit set to be lifted

The proposed new Booths store and (below) Coun Peter Gibson.

The proposed new Booths store and (below) Coun Peter Gibson.

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RESTRICTIONS on the size and number of shops in a Poulton shopping centre are set to be lifted.

Developers have long called for a restrictive covenant on the Teanlowe Centre to be removed as it “discourages” potential retailers.

Wyre Council leader Peter Gibson

Wyre Council leader Peter Gibson

They believe the covenant, which limits the size of each shop and the number of units allowed within the centre, is too restrictive.

And this week Wyre Council revealed it is seeking to modify the measure to allow more flexibility.

The move comes just weeks after a planning application to transform part of the shopping centre into a supermarket and cafe were submitted by Booths food store.

Leader of Wyre Council, Peter Gibson, told The Gazette: “This covenant has been on the Teanlowe for many years and potential developers have asked for it to be lifted because it is restrictive and discourages potential retailers.

“We have consistently said we would be willing to consider lifting this covenant if it encouraged retailers to relocate to Poulton and this is what we are doing.

“The reason for the covenant was probably valid at that time but recently it has had a detrimental affect.”

Rumours Argos have expressed interest in the centre were today quashed by the high street giant.

A spokesman added: “This area of Lancashire is already well served with two established stores in Blackpool and Cleveleys, plus we opened an out of town store in south Blackpool last year.”

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