A CHESTER superstore has failed in a bid to have 24-hour deliveries on a permanent basis - but it will be allowed to continue a single night-time delivery for another year.
The Safeway supermarket on Mill Lane, Upton, had approval last year for a single delivery and collection each night between 11pm and 6.30am.
City councillors agreed the move on a temporary basis for 12 months to allow the effect on residents to be assessed.
Consultants acting for the company have now sought permanent permission.
'The trial run has proved a success in that there has been no adverse impact on residential amenity and as a result there have been no complaints by local residents,' argued the consultants.
'We consider the trial period has been sufficiently long enough to demonstrate that permanent planning permission would be acceptable for 24-hour deliveries, Monday to Saturday.'
The move was opposed by an resident of Stanton Drive, who said once daytime noise was over, 'the clashing of deliveries is quite loud and distinctive'.
'I believe the noise created by 24-hour deliveries is unacceptable and unnecessary in a residential area,' she told planning officers.
On Caldy Close, Chris Barker described living at the rear of the store as 'very noisy and intrusive'. He complained of being woken at 3.25am by the reversing alarm on a Safeway delivery truck and of the noise from refrigeration units.
J E Tandy, on Garth Drive, said: 'I do not wish the disturbance caused by the current night-time delivery to happen more frequently.
'You will appreciate the noise of the delivery lorry is easily heard at that time and intrudes upon the calmness of Garth Drive and its residents.'
Mr and Mrs Gorham, also on Garth Drive, told the city council: 'We strongly object to this application, as this will increase the noise which already occurs from the supermarket to a 24-hour disturbance.
'We find this will be unacceptable as this area is residential and not an industrial site.'
Mr S A Waddington, again from Garth Drive, objected 'in the strongest possible terms'. 'This can only be regarded as a precursor to full 24-hour opening,' he claimed.
He insisted the trial period had not been a success and that Safeway has 'consistently flouted the agreement, causing a considerable noise nuisance'.
Planning and environmental health officers at Town Hall have had no complaints during the trial period, planning officer Steve Lewis told city councillors.
Environmental health officers believe the store is well-managed and Mr Lewis added: 'Although objections have recently been received about deliveries and collections taking place not in accordance with the original and temporary permissions, no formal complaints were made to the council during the trial period.'
Taking account of issues such as relaxed evening and weekend trading hours, Mr Lewis suggested a refusal of planning permission could not be justified. He recommended the application be approved, subject to a legal agreement which would reiterate measures to deal with noise.
Referring to car park lights at the store being left on at night, planning chairman Cllr Colin Bain (Lib Dem, Upton Grange) said: 'We need to take enforcement action where they have not met existing conditions. The lights should be turned off at night.'
The city's planning board agreed one night-time delivery and collection should continue, but only on a further temporary 12-month basis.