Policy EC7 

Retail Development in the Borough

In other settlements with an existing retail offer that acts as a service centre, town centre developments will be supported where they would be physically integrated, be of an appropriate scale and not have an adverse impact on the character of the village.

A retail impact assessment will be required for all retail proposals in these locations. Assessments will be used to ensure that retail proposals do not adversely affect the vitality and viability of Melton Mowbray town centre and other retail facilities within service centres. Small independent village shops, post offices and social enterprises and farm shops up to 200 square metres are exempt from this requirement.

Outside of Melton Mowbray town centre and service centres, in all cases a retail impact assessment will be required to accompany applications.