New design for retail units after complaints

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Plans to build two shops near a supermarket have been changed after complaints from neighbouring residents.

New River Retail submitted plans for two units in The Precincts off Godsey Lane, Market Deeping, to South Kesteven District Council in May.

Both units would have had an external height of about 24ft, with an average floor space of 9,000sq ft.

But a number of residents living in neighbouring streets got in touch with the Mercury to complain about the plans, saying the new shops would overshadow their homes.

As a result of the complaints and after talks with district council planning officers, New River Retail changed the plans and reduced the overall height of the two units to 18ft.

The company has also included a new walkway from one of the units to the existing Co-op supermarket and placed a pedestrian crossing between the two new units.

New River Retail director Nick Sewell said: “We have taken on board comments from the public about the design and potential issues with highways.

“The height of the units has been reduced and we are dealing with highways issues.

“Any feedback we try and address and will address if we can.”