Lake Lothing Third Crossing

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Lake Lothing Third Crossing

Received 24 September 2018
From Axis Property Consultancy LLP on behalf of Brookhouse (Lowestoft) Nominees VI Limited (Brookhouse (Lowestoft) Nominees VI Limited)

Representation

We act on behalf of Brookhouse (Lowestoft) Nominees VI Limited (the Owner) who own the North Quay Retail Park (the Property) which is a substantial development comprising 15 retail units totalling 17,373 sq m (187,000 sq ft) occupied by tenants such as Next, Halfords, Morrisons, Pets at Home, Poundland, Iceland, Costa Coffee, TK Maxx, Argos, Home Bargains and Barnados.

The area of land proposed to be acquired for the Lake Lothing Crossing (the Scheme) forms part of the main road frontage and sole customer vehicular access into the retail park and the loss of this land will therefore directly affect all of the aforementioned occupiers on the park. At present Suffolk County Council (the Council) has not adequately justified the requirement to take this land nor has it provided sufficient information to the Owner for it to assess the potential impact the acquisition of this land will have on its retained property.

The Owner is a well-established property developer and investor specialising in the out of town retail sector and it is extremely concerned that the scheme as currently proposed will impact the current access into the Property and adversely affect the businesses on the retail park in particular during the construction period.

The Owner has confirmed in writing its willingness to engage with the Council but despite several attempts to progress these discussions, both with the Council and its appointed property consultants Ardent Management, it has not received any detailed response to its letters and emails dated 24 July 2018, 16th August 2018 and 13th September 2018.

In accordance with the ‘Guidance on the Compulsory Purchase Process’ published by DCLG, the Council has not provided sufficient information to enable the Owner to assess the impact on its retained land nor has it made any meaningful attempt to acquire the property by agreement in advance of the CPO being obtained. Unless and until such engagement has taken place to the Owner’s reasonable satisfaction this objection will be maintained.