Stay of execution for Iceland over its Cromer shop front
08:16 14 December 2012
Frozen food retailer Iceland has been given a stay of execution after planning chiefs agreed to wait until January before launching enforcement action over the design of its Cromer shop front.
A second planning inspector threw out the retailer’s appeal against a notice issued to change the unlawful Church Street fascia, forcing North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) to take action.
During its December meeting, the Council’s development committee heard an agent acting for Iceland had told planning officers the supermarket was currently preparing an alternative scheme for the shop front, which would be submitted before Christmas.
But councillor’s greeted the news with scepticism.
Benji Cabbell Manners said: “I think Iceland is just flexing its muscles. It has had plenty of opportunity to come to the negotiating table. The time has now come to prosecute the company. We have had two inspectors support that view.”
Councillors agreed to wait to see if the new scheme was submitted before Christmas and authorise enforcement action at their meeting on January 10 if not.
The shopfront in Cromer’s conservation area was developed without planning permission three years ago.
Government planning inspector John Bell-Williamson was the second inspector to rule against Iceland, after in February the firm appealed an NNDC decision to refuse a retrospective planning application.