The criteria for issuing the commercial establishment permit are not all met.
“Decisions must be justified on the basis of the four criteria referred to in the Decree relating to commercial establishments, namely: consumer protection; protection of the urban environment; social policy and sustainable mobility. The project is located in a former hangar positioned between the quarry and the railway, north of the “La Couvinoise” shopping complex, which generates an already very high traffic flow. In addition, this business does not have a directly accessible car park but shares a parking lot with the neighboring business. Access to the site requires crossing the level crossing,” said Minister Willy Borsus’ office.
Unfavorable opinions were also issued by the SPW Mobility and Infrastructures and the rail network manager Infrabel with regard to the problem of the flow of additional vehicles at the level crossing and the increased risk of accidents.
The Minister also considers that the City of Couvin is already well equipped in its commercial offer and that there is no need to further strengthen the offer.