Scunthorpe out-of-town retail park given go-ahead

Plans for M&S store at Scunthorpe. Picture: Simons Development
Image caption Planners reconsidered the scheme after pressure from town centre traders

Plans for a controversial £20m out-of town retail development at Scunthorpe have been approved for a second time.

North Lincolnshire Council originally granted planning permission for the 40,000 sq ft (3,716 sq m) scheme on Doncaster Road in 2011.

Campaigners opposed to the scheme threatened to mount a legal challenge and the council agreed to reconsider the application.

Work on the development is expected to begin later this year.

Developers Simons said the complex, two miles (3.2km) from the town centre on the site of a former garden centre near Glanford Park football stadium, would bring up to 300 jobs to the area.

The scheme would include a large Marks and Spencer store and more than 2,000 residents signed a petition in support of the development last year.

However retailers in the town centre had claimed it would have a severe impact on their trade.

North Lincolnshire Council's 10-member planning committee approved the application for a second time on the casting vote of the committee chairman on 7 March.

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