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Council to decide on fate of Morrisons’ supermarket scheme for Beagle site
THE fate of another potential supermarket in Christchurch will be decided at a special planning meeting later this month.
The proposal for a Morrisons supermarket at the Beagle Technology site in Stony Lane was originally due to go before members of Christchurch council’s planning committee last month.
But just two days before the meeting, the item was pulled and deferred until a later meeting, now scheduled for Thursday January 23.
The special meeting will decide the application, along with a separate proposal for revised plans for a food store at Meteor Retail Park in Somerford.
Morrisons’ scheme for a supermarket at Beagle has already been rejected twice by the planning committee.
The current application has been revised with changes including reducing the height of the building and its location on the site.
The changed scheme for the food store at Meteor Retail Park is to increase the size of the store by removing two non-food outlets.
Back in December, when the decision was made to defer the decision, Chris Newsome, development director at Simons Developments for Morrisons, said they were “confident that Morrisons has the clear support of the vast majority of the residents of Christchurch”.
He said they aimed to bring more than £7.5 million of “tangible benefits” to the town including trade returned to the High Street, a town centre improvement fund as well as work on the A35 Stony Lane roundabout.
Two supermarkets have already been given outline permission by Christchurch Borough Council, one off Barrack Road and another in Somerford.
The Morrisons application is a detailed scheme, meaning if approved, work could start on the site almost immediately.
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