LIVE: Crunch meeting to decide whether supermarket schemes for Christchurch should get the go-ahead

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A CRUCIAL meeting is set to decide whether two more supermarket schemes for Christchurch should be given the go-ahead.

A meeting of the planning committee from 6pm tonight will decide whether Morrisons should be given the go-ahead at Beagle in Stony Lane alongside a revised application for a food store at Meteor Retail Park.

It is the third time the Morrisons application, now revised, will go before councillors.

Retail giant Asda threatened to withdraw from a multi-million pound supermarket scheme at Bailey Drive if these two other stores got the go-ahead.

Developers Quantum issued the ultimatum just two days before the special planning meeting at Christchurch Borough Council which will decide on a scheme for Morrisons at Beagle on Stony Lane and a revised food store scheme for Meteor Retail Park in Somerford.

Both Morrisons and Meteor Retail Park have been recommended for approval.

The Morrisons scheme will also safeguard jobs at Beagle Technology who say they will move to a premises within Christchurch should permission be granted.

Andy Martin will be tweeting live updates from the meeting tonight from 6pm. 

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5:39pm Thu 23 Jan 14

bosco1 says...

Morrisons to get the go ahead please.! Then see if Asda pulls out,I doubt it.!!?
Morrisons to get the go ahead please.! Then see if Asda pulls out,I doubt it.!!? bosco1

6:19pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Afcbpete says...

bosco1 wrote:
Morrisons to get the go ahead please.! Then see if Asda pulls out,I doubt it.!!?
Really want to see Morrisons come to Christchurch. Was hoping it was going to be at Bailey Gate. If Asda'a pull out it would be shame, but not the end of the world. But it does sound more like bully boy or sulky tactics, not very impressed!!
[quote][p][bold]bosco1[/bold] wrote: Morrisons to get the go ahead please.! Then see if Asda pulls out,I doubt it.!!?[/p][/quote]Really want to see Morrisons come to Christchurch. Was hoping it was going to be at Bailey Gate. If Asda'a pull out it would be shame, but not the end of the world. But it does sound more like bully boy or sulky tactics, not very impressed!! Afcbpete

6:36pm Thu 23 Jan 14

whataboutthat says...

C'mon take the ASDA shilling - you know it makes senses to back a US company that sends most of its tax free profits straight back to the gool old US of A. As do Amazon, Google, Ebay and so on and on...what of Morrisons? They are not far off bust - surely?
C'mon take the ASDA shilling - you know it makes senses to back a US company that sends most of its tax free profits straight back to the gool old US of A. As do Amazon, Google, Ebay and so on and on...what of Morrisons? They are not far off bust - surely? whataboutthat

7:24pm Thu 23 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Please please please ASDA your right we can,t live without you,
Please please please ASDA your right we can,t live without you, kalebmoledirt

7:34pm Thu 23 Jan 14

mary.birchmore says...

we don,t really need any more super markets in town , would of liked asda but don,t fancy either of others, i shop at castle point at moment.
we don,t really need any more super markets in town , would of liked asda but don,t fancy either of others, i shop at castle point at moment. mary.birchmore

8:45pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Kevin_123 says...

I feel a supermarket would benefit the whole area and also with more competition prices will fall! I back the idea of the supermarket.
I feel a supermarket would benefit the whole area and also with more competition prices will fall! I back the idea of the supermarket. Kevin_123

8:46pm Thu 23 Jan 14

twynham says...

Many thanks to Councillors Dedman, Bungay, Smith, Mawbey, etc for putting Christchurch first.
Absolute shame on the rest of you.
Many thanks to Councillors Dedman, Bungay, Smith, Mawbey, etc for putting Christchurch first. Absolute shame on the rest of you. twynham

8:53pm Thu 23 Jan 14

nicki r says...

If Claire Bath says we have too many supermarkets in Christchurch then why have they given Asda the go ahead?
If Claire Bath says we have too many supermarkets in Christchurch then why have they given Asda the go ahead? nicki r

9:09pm Thu 23 Jan 14

twynham says...

REFUSED.!
REFUSED.! twynham

9:15pm Thu 23 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

More taxpayers money down the drain fighting appeals that will ultimately win.
More taxpayers money down the drain fighting appeals that will ultimately win. BIGTONE

9:17pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Christchurch_BH23 says...

Surprised by the outcome. Sure beagle and morrisons will appeal. Is "lets wait and see on the impact of asda on the Town centre" grounds for refusal?
Surprised by the outcome. Sure beagle and morrisons will appeal. Is "lets wait and see on the impact of asda on the Town centre" grounds for refusal? Christchurch_BH23

9:23pm Thu 23 Jan 14

mary.birchmore says...

yeah how many more times will they have to be refused. asda all the way please better savings and more choice.
yeah how many more times will they have to be refused. asda all the way please better savings and more choice. mary.birchmore

9:34pm Thu 23 Jan 14

twynham says...

BIGTONE wrote:
More taxpayers money down the drain fighting appeals that will ultimately win.
It's that negative attitude that allows developers to win.
It's nothing to do with supermarkets, it's the developers who stand to gain most at the expense of local constituents.
Also I've worked out a very rough cost of appeal and over 2 years breaks down to £3.50 per Council tax payer, if you don't want to pay it, not to have 8 supermarkets within a 1.2 mile radius of Stony Lane, I'll bung in £7.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: More taxpayers money down the drain fighting appeals that will ultimately win.[/p][/quote]It's that negative attitude that allows developers to win. It's nothing to do with supermarkets, it's the developers who stand to gain most at the expense of local constituents. Also I've worked out a very rough cost of appeal and over 2 years breaks down to £3.50 per Council tax payer, if you don't want to pay it, not to have 8 supermarkets within a 1.2 mile radius of Stony Lane, I'll bung in £7. twynham

10:03pm Thu 23 Jan 14

mary.birchmore says...

why do all these,s people want morrisons in christchuch , third time refused ,how many more times i wonder. they,ll have same answer it time.
why do all these,s people want morrisons in christchuch , third time refused ,how many more times i wonder. they,ll have same answer it time. mary.birchmore

10:07pm Thu 23 Jan 14

mary.birchmore says...

why do we need more food stores don,t we have enough?
why do we need more food stores don,t we have enough? mary.birchmore

10:21pm Thu 23 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

twynham wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
More taxpayers money down the drain fighting appeals that will ultimately win.
It's that negative attitude that allows developers to win.
It's nothing to do with supermarkets, it's the developers who stand to gain most at the expense of local constituents.
Also I've worked out a very rough cost of appeal and over 2 years breaks down to £3.50 per Council tax payer, if you don't want to pay it, not to have 8 supermarkets within a 1.2 mile radius of Stony Lane, I'll bung in £7.
You have totally missed the point as have the Councillors. It is well known that Councillors from all Authorities,have a large percentage of wrong decision making on legal grounds with other peoples money funding their potentially flawed decisions.
Any planning refusal has to have a solid unflawed legal footing in order for any appeal to be unsuccessful. From what has been stated so far the reasons for refusal are not solid enough.Wait for the appeal( s)
Morrisons will certainly have far better and far more astute lawyers than the Council.
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: More taxpayers money down the drain fighting appeals that will ultimately win.[/p][/quote]It's that negative attitude that allows developers to win. It's nothing to do with supermarkets, it's the developers who stand to gain most at the expense of local constituents. Also I've worked out a very rough cost of appeal and over 2 years breaks down to £3.50 per Council tax payer, if you don't want to pay it, not to have 8 supermarkets within a 1.2 mile radius of Stony Lane, I'll bung in £7.[/p][/quote]You have totally missed the point as have the Councillors. It is well known that Councillors from all Authorities,have a large percentage of wrong decision making on legal grounds with other peoples money funding their potentially flawed decisions. Any planning refusal has to have a solid unflawed legal footing in order for any appeal to be unsuccessful. From what has been stated so far the reasons for refusal are not solid enough.Wait for the appeal( s) Morrisons will certainly have far better and far more astute lawyers than the Council. BIGTONE

10:31pm Thu 23 Jan 14

bobthedestroyer says...

"Long delay is while detailed reasons are being are being drawn up to support refusal. Without them the council could be SCREWED on appeal."

Professional journalism at its best. well done Andy Martin
"Long delay is while detailed reasons are being are being drawn up to support refusal. Without them the council could be SCREWED on appeal." Professional journalism at its best. well done Andy Martin bobthedestroyer

10:42pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

bosco1 wrote:
Morrisons to get the go ahead please.! Then see if Asda pulls out,I doubt it.!!?
Asda will.

Walmart takes no prisoners; and leaves none behind.
[quote][p][bold]bosco1[/bold] wrote: Morrisons to get the go ahead please.! Then see if Asda pulls out,I doubt it.!!?[/p][/quote]Asda will. Walmart takes no prisoners; and leaves none behind. Yankee1

10:43pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

whataboutthat wrote:
C'mon take the ASDA shilling - you know it makes senses to back a US company that sends most of its tax free profits straight back to the gool old US of A. As do Amazon, Google, Ebay and so on and on...what of Morrisons? They are not far off bust - surely?
Actually, the companies you cite pay the US very little tax. They have good tax lawyers.
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: C'mon take the ASDA shilling - you know it makes senses to back a US company that sends most of its tax free profits straight back to the gool old US of A. As do Amazon, Google, Ebay and so on and on...what of Morrisons? They are not far off bust - surely?[/p][/quote]Actually, the companies you cite pay the US very little tax. They have good tax lawyers. Yankee1

11:13pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Dorset Outsider says...

So Christchurch will benefit by screwing over beagle? And by allowing a bullying giant like Asda build in a crap location for the job, but reject somewhere more suited to a supermarket? Plus there are already TWO asdas near by but not a morrisons.
So Christchurch will benefit by screwing over beagle? And by allowing a bullying giant like Asda build in a crap location for the job, but reject somewhere more suited to a supermarket? Plus there are already TWO asdas near by but not a morrisons. Dorset Outsider

11:23pm Thu 23 Jan 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Don't forget the Cllrs will also get another paid meeting when they appeals go through and we are back here again.
Don't forget the Cllrs will also get another paid meeting when they appeals go through and we are back here again. bobthedestroyer

11:43pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Lord Spring says...

Refused 7 votes to 2 are there only 9 councillors in Christchurch
Refused 7 votes to 2 are there only 9 councillors in Christchurch Lord Spring

7:17am Fri 24 Jan 14

loublou says...

I was at the meeting and it was a sham. Morrison's and Beagle did everything asked of them at the last refusal and more. The town officers were in favour of the plan and all the expert advice that had been paid for by the tax payer was ignored. They spent an hour trying to scramble around for flimsy reasons to reject it. It was an embarrassment. The poor legal advice was saying you can't really do that and they ignored her too!
I was at the meeting and it was a sham. Morrison's and Beagle did everything asked of them at the last refusal and more. The town officers were in favour of the plan and all the expert advice that had been paid for by the tax payer was ignored. They spent an hour trying to scramble around for flimsy reasons to reject it. It was an embarrassment. The poor legal advice was saying you can't really do that and they ignored her too! loublou

9:32am Fri 24 Jan 14

skydriver says...

nicki r wrote:
If Claire Bath says we have too many supermarkets in Christchurch then why have they given Asda the go ahead?
It makes you wonder if palms are not crossed.
These councillors short be got rid of ASAP, they do not look after the interest of the people of Christchurch , they have their own hidden agenda.
Which we the residence should not tolerate , after all it's us that pay there expenses etc .
Time for a change .
[quote][p][bold]nicki r[/bold] wrote: If Claire Bath says we have too many supermarkets in Christchurch then why have they given Asda the go ahead?[/p][/quote]It makes you wonder if palms are not crossed. These councillors short be got rid of ASAP, they do not look after the interest of the people of Christchurch , they have their own hidden agenda. Which we the residence should not tolerate , after all it's us that pay there expenses etc . Time for a change . skydriver

9:35am Fri 24 Jan 14

skydriver says...

bobthedestroyer wrote:
Don't forget the Cllrs will also get another paid meeting when they appeals go through and we are back here again.
Spot on yes you are quite right, I think it true to say we have all had enough of the present set or councillors, let's get them out ASAP.
[quote][p][bold]bobthedestroyer[/bold] wrote: Don't forget the Cllrs will also get another paid meeting when they appeals go through and we are back here again.[/p][/quote]Spot on yes you are quite right, I think it true to say we have all had enough of the present set or councillors, let's get them out ASAP. skydriver

9:39am Fri 24 Jan 14

skydriver says...

twynham wrote:
Many thanks to Councillors Dedman, Bungay, Smith, Mawbey, etc for putting Christchurch first.
Absolute shame on the rest of you.
How did the leader vote anyone know, I feel he may be the biggest troublesome individual, after all he has been in the local paper more than once during the Druitt discussions, and then he didn't come off too well.
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: Many thanks to Councillors Dedman, Bungay, Smith, Mawbey, etc for putting Christchurch first. Absolute shame on the rest of you.[/p][/quote]How did the leader vote anyone know, I feel he may be the biggest troublesome individual, after all he has been in the local paper more than once during the Druitt discussions, and then he didn't come off too well. skydriver

3:18pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Not again !! says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
Please please please ASDA your right we can,t live without you,
Do you live in Christchurch ?
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: Please please please ASDA your right we can,t live without you,[/p][/quote]Do you live in Christchurch ? Not again !!

5:20pm Fri 24 Jan 14

motsie says...

Morrison's would be the right choice as they would provide a classy store.
Asda is at Castle Point AND Holdenhurst Road. The only Morrison's is in New Milton and unfortunately rather small. At least the profits would remain in England with Morrison's. The roundabout in Barrack Road would need to be changed to Traffic Lights, as the bottle necks will be horrendous when Asda
opens. Are Councillors siding with Asda for a particular reason?
Morrison's would be the right choice as they would provide a classy store. Asda is at Castle Point AND Holdenhurst Road. The only Morrison's is in New Milton and unfortunately rather small. At least the profits would remain in England with Morrison's. The roundabout in Barrack Road would need to be changed to Traffic Lights, as the bottle necks will be horrendous when Asda opens. Are Councillors siding with Asda for a particular reason? motsie

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