Morrison’s supermarket plan recommended for approval – after being turned down twice before

Bournemouth Echo: PLAN: An artist’s impression of the store PLAN: An artist’s impression of the store

A THIRD potential supermarket for Christchurch has been recommended for approval – after being turned down twice before.

The Morrisons plan for the Beagle Technology site in Stony Lane, Christchurch has been recommended for approval, and will go before Christchurch Council’s planning committee on Thursday January 23.

Last year two other outline supermarket proposals were approved; Asda at Bailey Drive, off Barrack Road, and another unnamed food store at Meteor Retail Park in Somerford.

Following concerns from residents and councillors, Simons Developments for Morrisons say the height of the store has been reduced and relocated on the site.

The full planning application for the store – which will be built on stilts - includes a 355 space car park, two other shop units and £1million of highway works on Stony Lane itself and the roundabout.

The application has so far received 862 letters of support with 254 objections.

Concerns have been expressed by Forum Heritage on the design of the building but they say if changes suggested by English Heritage are implemented, these worries would be addressed.

Christchurch Chamber of Trade has also lodged concerns including trade diversion from the High Street, loss of land for industrial use, and traffic congestion.

The prospect of the food store has split opinion in the Chamber, with the group generally supportive of Beagle but with some members worried about the health of the town centre.

A council-commissioned study said it is unlikely that three new food stores would ultimately be implemented in Christchurch.

It also said linked trips – people using the supermarket and the town centre - could generate between £2million and £8.3million – and offset the potential loss of trade to the town centre.

Chris Newsome, development director at Simons said they were “delighted” by the recommendation and were looking forward to Thursday’s meeting.

Plan 'safeguards jobs'

Beagle Technology Group says their existing premises at Stony Lane are now outdated and unsuitable for the specialist nature of their business.

By relocating to modern premises at Bournemouth Airport, the planning report says this will safeguard 80 existing jobs, and potentially create another 90.

The new food store will create around 300 jobs.

A planning obligation has been signed saying Beagle will relocate within Christchurch with a recruitment and training agreement to ensure new jobs are targeted at local people through Job Centre Plus.

Residents have a say on the scheme

- Ann Spencer, 63, an office worker from Christchurch said: “I don’t mind if they have a Morrisons there, I think it would be quite good, because they’ve only got Waitrose here, and Marks and Spencer.”

- Katrina West, 55, a bookkeeper from Sopley, said: “I don’t see why not, every other supermarket is here. I would use it if it was a decent size one.”

- Gemma Shutler, 35, from Christchurch, said: “For us, it would be quite nice, but I do quite like coming to the high street and supporting the high street.”

- Leslie Killick, 93, from Highcliffe, said: “I think it would be a good idea, but it would probably impact on the high street.“I go to Sainsbury’s, so I wouldn’t change from there.”

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7:33am Fri 17 Jan 14

Mudefordresident says...

Would the numbers in favour be as high if it were Tesco applying to build on the site I wonder? Very probably not. We have to come away from the idea of having a Morrisons no matter what, and think of this application as being for a large supermarket, and ask the question is this the right place for that type of development. Traffic on the A35 bypass is already a nightmare, and I really do not see what possible benefit there will be for the town. But the developers and/or their consultants are hardly likely to say that the proposed development will be detrimental. Almost 40 years experience of supermarket shopping has taught me that you get the frozen and chilled items home asap, and don't leave them to start to deteriorate in a warm car whilst you go off and wander into town.
Would the numbers in favour be as high if it were Tesco applying to build on the site I wonder? Very probably not. We have to come away from the idea of having a Morrisons no matter what, and think of this application as being for a large supermarket, and ask the question is this the right place for that type of development. Traffic on the A35 bypass is already a nightmare, and I really do not see what possible benefit there will be for the town. But the developers and/or their consultants are hardly likely to say that the proposed development will be detrimental. Almost 40 years experience of supermarket shopping has taught me that you get the frozen and chilled items home asap, and don't leave them to start to deteriorate in a warm car whilst you go off and wander into town. Mudefordresident
  • Score: 9

7:49am Fri 17 Jan 14

Yellow more says...

I think this is a good idea as Morrisons don't have a branch in Poole, Bournemouth or Christchurch so I am in full favor of this. Yes there are concerns but the nearest Morrisons is Verwood, New Milton, Blandford and Weymouth so it would be great to have one here.
I think this is a good idea as Morrisons don't have a branch in Poole, Bournemouth or Christchurch so I am in full favor of this. Yes there are concerns but the nearest Morrisons is Verwood, New Milton, Blandford and Weymouth so it would be great to have one here. Yellow more
  • Score: 12

7:52am Fri 17 Jan 14

twynham says...

For the benefit of Ann Spencer there will be 8 supermarkets within a 1.2 mile radius of Stony Lane for a population of less than 50,000.
For the benefit of Ann Spencer there will be 8 supermarkets within a 1.2 mile radius of Stony Lane for a population of less than 50,000. twynham
  • Score: 13

8:11am Fri 17 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

Let it shine........
Let it shine........ BIGTONE
  • Score: 0

8:18am Fri 17 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Stop moaning every town as got to have too many supermarkets.it helps the obesity problem traffic, plastic bags,food waist.why should Christchurch be exempt.
Stop moaning every town as got to have too many supermarkets.it helps the obesity problem traffic, plastic bags,food waist.why should Christchurch be exempt. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -3

8:30am Fri 17 Jan 14

Anneaa says...

Competition is good for the economy and prices. Personally I would be glad to see a Morissons close enough to where I live in Southbourne, and I would shop there for my main weekly shop despite there being six local supermarket stores within less than a mile of my home!!
Competition is good for the economy and prices. Personally I would be glad to see a Morissons close enough to where I live in Southbourne, and I would shop there for my main weekly shop despite there being six local supermarket stores within less than a mile of my home!! Anneaa
  • Score: 4

10:09am Fri 17 Jan 14

woby_tide says...

As this is a full application guess they steal a march on both the other schemes that still haven't gone past outline. Race to the finish line now who will start building first and potentially put the others off
As this is a full application guess they steal a march on both the other schemes that still haven't gone past outline. Race to the finish line now who will start building first and potentially put the others off woby_tide
  • Score: 3

11:46am Fri 17 Jan 14

Dorset Outsider says...

Mudefordresident wrote:
Would the numbers in favour be as high if it were Tesco applying to build on the site I wonder? Very probably not. We have to come away from the idea of having a Morrisons no matter what, and think of this application as being for a large supermarket, and ask the question is this the right place for that type of development. Traffic on the A35 bypass is already a nightmare, and I really do not see what possible benefit there will be for the town. But the developers and/or their consultants are hardly likely to say that the proposed development will be detrimental. Almost 40 years experience of supermarket shopping has taught me that you get the frozen and chilled items home asap, and don't leave them to start to deteriorate in a warm car whilst you go off and wander into town.
This location is much better suited to a supermarket than the planned asda on barrack road. Also give us a morrisons as competition is a good thing, Bournemouth already has an asda. If Tesco were applying it would receive dislike as there are plenty of them in the area already. I don't understand the hate for supermarkets, if high street shops were open later than 5pm, more people would use them. I would love to shop in the high street at a butcher or grocer but the opening hours don't suit my working patters, this means I like the supermarket. Many people are in the same boat. High street shops were not killed by big supermarkets but by the modern way of life. Home deliveries, all under one roof, large free car parks, long opening hours and a large selection of choice. There is a small coffee shop in Christchurch open late every night, I bet that alone brings more custom to them as the larger places like hero and costa are closed. If they were open it might be unviable for the small one. Don't get me started on the low wages some supermarket jobs pay, allowing an abundance of staff to be employed to allow the opening hours though.
[quote][p][bold]Mudefordresident[/bold] wrote: Would the numbers in favour be as high if it were Tesco applying to build on the site I wonder? Very probably not. We have to come away from the idea of having a Morrisons no matter what, and think of this application as being for a large supermarket, and ask the question is this the right place for that type of development. Traffic on the A35 bypass is already a nightmare, and I really do not see what possible benefit there will be for the town. But the developers and/or their consultants are hardly likely to say that the proposed development will be detrimental. Almost 40 years experience of supermarket shopping has taught me that you get the frozen and chilled items home asap, and don't leave them to start to deteriorate in a warm car whilst you go off and wander into town.[/p][/quote]This location is much better suited to a supermarket than the planned asda on barrack road. Also give us a morrisons as competition is a good thing, Bournemouth already has an asda. If Tesco were applying it would receive dislike as there are plenty of them in the area already. I don't understand the hate for supermarkets, if high street shops were open later than 5pm, more people would use them. I would love to shop in the high street at a butcher or grocer but the opening hours don't suit my working patters, this means I like the supermarket. Many people are in the same boat. High street shops were not killed by big supermarkets but by the modern way of life. Home deliveries, all under one roof, large free car parks, long opening hours and a large selection of choice. There is a small coffee shop in Christchurch open late every night, I bet that alone brings more custom to them as the larger places like hero and costa are closed. If they were open it might be unviable for the small one. Don't get me started on the low wages some supermarket jobs pay, allowing an abundance of staff to be employed to allow the opening hours though. Dorset Outsider
  • Score: 5

1:54pm Fri 17 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

How many ordinary rate payers have obtained planning permission after being rejected twice.What persuasive powers do they have that residents Don,t
How many ordinary rate payers have obtained planning permission after being rejected twice.What persuasive powers do they have that residents Don,t kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 10

4:08pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Afterhours says...

Best decision the council has made in years.....morrisons is a "working class" supermarket with an eye on the ball. It seems you get elected as a councilor and you soon loose touch with ordinary lives. Much better option to the Asda site and will cater for the other side of Christchurch more. How about dropping the kids off at sports centre two rivers meet whilst you do you shopping. Bring it on
Best decision the council has made in years.....morrisons is a "working class" supermarket with an eye on the ball. It seems you get elected as a councilor and you soon loose touch with ordinary lives. Much better option to the Asda site and will cater for the other side of Christchurch more. How about dropping the kids off at sports centre two rivers meet whilst you do you shopping. Bring it on Afterhours
  • Score: 1

9:13pm Fri 17 Jan 14

stjos1980 says...

How can this be a good place for a supermarket? Its been under water for the last month? And how can something that has been turned down twice, now beeecommended for approval. The councillors need to back the correct decisions they made before and reject this scheme again. Happy to have a Morrisons, but not here.
How can this be a good place for a supermarket? Its been under water for the last month? And how can something that has been turned down twice, now beeecommended for approval. The councillors need to back the correct decisions they made before and reject this scheme again. Happy to have a Morrisons, but not here. stjos1980
  • Score: 7

9:51pm Fri 17 Jan 14

twynham says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
How many ordinary rate payers have obtained planning permission after being rejected twice.What persuasive powers do they have that residents Don,t
Simple.
The person who actually owns the land has more influence than "ordinary rate payers"; or so I have been led to believe;-)
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: How many ordinary rate payers have obtained planning permission after being rejected twice.What persuasive powers do they have that residents Don,t[/p][/quote]Simple. The person who actually owns the land has more influence than "ordinary rate payers"; or so I have been led to believe;-) twynham
  • Score: 4

11:56pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Whatsyourproblem says...

If anyone hasn't noticed Christchurch has been going through a slow painfully death so maybe you should welcome a bit of life coming your way, morrisons do awesome offers so think of the money you will save shopping around! All main roads have been rubbish here for years if a few hundred cars go to the new asda or morrisons we will all get home quicker, bout time Christchurch moved into the 21st century
If anyone hasn't noticed Christchurch has been going through a slow painfully death so maybe you should welcome a bit of life coming your way, morrisons do awesome offers so think of the money you will save shopping around! All main roads have been rubbish here for years if a few hundred cars go to the new asda or morrisons we will all get home quicker, bout time Christchurch moved into the 21st century Whatsyourproblem
  • Score: 3

9:36am Sat 18 Jan 14

weevie says...

I wonder if Morrison's even tried for B'mth & Poole, seems a bit restrictive (in terms of available trade) going to this site. Odd.
I wonder if Morrison's even tried for B'mth & Poole, seems a bit restrictive (in terms of available trade) going to this site. Odd. weevie
  • Score: 2

4:14pm Sat 18 Jan 14

mytown1 says...

I am pleased to see the headline that the Morrisons supermarket is up for "approval". How they have stuck around so long with the "dithering" of Christchurch Council is beyond me. I just hope the vote goes along with the recommendation. As for the campaign against the supermarket in the town and local households being fed unidentified anti-Morrisons propoganda has for many local people only fed their determination to get Morrisons into Christchurch.
I am pleased to see the headline that the Morrisons supermarket is up for "approval". How they have stuck around so long with the "dithering" of Christchurch Council is beyond me. I just hope the vote goes along with the recommendation. As for the campaign against the supermarket in the town and local households being fed unidentified anti-Morrisons propoganda has for many local people only fed their determination to get Morrisons into Christchurch. mytown1
  • Score: 0

8:47pm Sat 18 Jan 14

pac31 says...

Well if they don,t get the go ahead, then please come back to Poole. We can do with losing a Tesco or two and have a Morrison,s again.
Well if they don,t get the go ahead, then please come back to Poole. We can do with losing a Tesco or two and have a Morrison,s again. pac31
  • Score: 5

1:28pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Beaglesupporter says...

twynham wrote:
kalebmoledirt wrote:
How many ordinary rate payers have obtained planning permission after being rejected twice.What persuasive powers do they have that residents Don,t
Simple.
The person who actually owns the land has more influence than "ordinary rate payers"; or so I have been led to believe;-)
Dear Twynham

Your point counters itself, if they had that much influence then we wouldn't be having a debate it would have been granted first time round

It's only your mates on the prejudiced planning committee that denied it for the benefit of there friends at Quantum
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: How many ordinary rate payers have obtained planning permission after being rejected twice.What persuasive powers do they have that residents Don,t[/p][/quote]Simple. The person who actually owns the land has more influence than "ordinary rate payers"; or so I have been led to believe;-)[/p][/quote]Dear Twynham Your point counters itself, if they had that much influence then we wouldn't be having a debate it would have been granted first time round It's only your mates on the prejudiced planning committee that denied it for the benefit of there friends at Quantum Beaglesupporter
  • Score: 0

5:52pm Sun 19 Jan 14

mikeymagic says...

Keep applying or give a back hander and you'll get permission. What a council!
Keep applying or give a back hander and you'll get permission. What a council! mikeymagic
  • Score: 7

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