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Revised plans for Morrisons superstore in Christchurch set to go on show
REVISED plans for one of Christchurch’s three supermarket proposals are to go on show in the town from Saturday.
Morrisons along with retail developer Simons are launching a fresh bid to build their state-of-the-art store on the site currently occupied by Beagle Technology in Stony Lane.
The proposal, along with two other separate schemes – one for Bailey Drive just off Barrack Road and another for Meteor Park in Somerford – are due for re-decisions by Christchurch Borough Council ’s planning committee in October.
Despite decisions being made on all three proposals in June, they were scrapped due to the threat of a legal challenge from one of the unsuccessful developers.
Now, after reviewing their application, the supermarket is taking over a vacant shop next to Powr Tools on Bridge Street from this weekend.
They will be organising a series of activities to raise awareness of their revised scheme, with visitors able to examine the proposals, speak to the project team about the proposals and partake in some food and drinks tasting.
Graeme Cosgrove, development director for Simons Developments, said: “Out of the three applications, ours is in the best location for drawing shoppers along Bridge Street.
“Up to 300 Morrisons jobs will be created, in addition to the jobs created by the Beagle relocation and through construction.
“It also has the most local support out of any of the supermarket proposals.
“Importantly, it is the only supermarket proposal with a named operator.
“Whereas ours is a detailed application, the others are only in outline, meaning that the applicants cannot give any assurances as to who would occupy the store, what it would look like, when it would open or how many jobs it would create.”
The new pop-up shop will open between 10am and 4pm every Monday, Friday and Saturday until late October.
- Height of the building has been lowered by 3.5metres
- Access for delivery vehicles has been rearranged so they no longer enter or exit via Bridge Street
- A “living wall” – wall covered with vegetation – incorporated into the design of the store
- Public art and new water meadow are now part of the proposals too.