No decision over Ottery car park sale despite supermarket interest

PUBLISHED: 12:30 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:21 17 June 2010

A DECISION on the future of Ottery s Hind Street Car Park will not be made for at least six months.

A DECISION on the future of Ottery's Hind Street Car Park will not be made for at least six months.

The Herald understands that a party has declared an interest in buying the East Devon District Council-owned car park, which Sainbury's has identified as a key part of its plans for a town-centre supermarket and wants to double in size.

EDDC's executive board decided behind closed doors last week that "the determination of" a "request" to "purchase the freehold interest" (an outright sale) will be "deferred for six months."

EDDC did not comment on the identity of the potential buyer but a spokesperson said it would make more sense for a council to decide the validity of planning applications before considering selling any land.

Sainsbury's said it had no comment on the decision or whether it intends to buy or lease the car park. A spokesman added it would continue with its consultation process and the submission of a planning application could be two to three months away.

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