Revised Somerford supermarket plans refused by Christchurch council

Bournemouth Echo: Revised Somerford supermarket plans refused by Christchurch council Revised Somerford supermarket plans refused by Christchurch council

Councillors threw out revised plans for a supermarket in Somerford on Thursday night, just a week after rejecting a major Morrisons scheme.

The plans for a food store in Meteor Retail Park in Somerford Road would have amalgamated two proposed retail units on the site into the main food store.

There is already existing permission for a supermarket on the site and two separate retail units.

Tom Whitehead, from Brookhouse, said after the meeting that they were "disappointed" by the decision.

Support for the revised plans came from Chris Hopkins speaking on behalf of Somerford Community Partnership, as well as ward councillor Denise Jones, and West Highcliffe ward councillor David Jones.

Chris Hopkins said: "The development will create new badly needed employment opportunities that will appeal to local residents."

Julian Schaffer, managing director of Quantum spoke against the plans referring to a previously upheld appeal for a large supermarket on the site. He urged councillors to adopt a cautionary approach.

Quantum, who have outline approval to build an Asda at Bailey Drive, last week said Asda would pull-out of the Barrack Road site if any other supermarkets were given the go-ahead.

Jim Banfi, legal advisor for Brookhouse, Meteor's developers, said the proposed scheme was considerably smaller than the previous appeal scheme and they were not asking for any additional footprint.

But supporting the proposed refusal from Cllr Lisle Smith, Cllr Claire Bath said: "If you look through the planning history of the site, it has come back to us time and time again and every time it has an increased impact on the town centre viability and the number of people who use the town centre."

Concerns over the affect of the supermarket on the town centre led to the refusal.

Cllr Smith said the benefits of the scheme - 160 jobs, £500,000 town centre fund and highway improvements - did not outweigh the potential impact to Christchurch High Street and town centre.

The decision was unanimous.

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10:45pm Thu 30 Jan 14

woby_tide says...

These councillors must have got some Asda gift cards for Christmas, they seemingly can't wait for the place to open
These councillors must have got some Asda gift cards for Christmas, they seemingly can't wait for the place to open woby_tide
  • Score: 17

11:03pm Thu 30 Jan 14

guitario says...

Three supermarkets were approved - Asda tell everyone that if any other supermarkets get the go ahead they would go elsewhere - Two supermarkets get rejected.

Hmm..

It would be funny if Tesco took one of the two sites and paid the council a far larger backhander to ignore Asda's princess tantrum.
Three supermarkets were approved - Asda tell everyone that if any other supermarkets get the go ahead they would go elsewhere - Two supermarkets get rejected. Hmm.. It would be funny if Tesco took one of the two sites and paid the council a far larger backhander to ignore Asda's princess tantrum. guitario
  • Score: 17

11:04pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Yankee1 says...

woby_tide wrote:
These councillors must have got some Asda gift cards for Christmas, they seemingly can't wait for the place to open
I promise you: WalMart is an expert in this. It succeeds in the US, and China, and elsewhere, and is the largest retailer in the world. If they want to build a site on the grounds of the Priory and call it the 'Visitor's Centre', they will get their way.
[quote][p][bold]woby_tide[/bold] wrote: These councillors must have got some Asda gift cards for Christmas, they seemingly can't wait for the place to open[/p][/quote]I promise you: WalMart is an expert in this. It succeeds in the US, and China, and elsewhere, and is the largest retailer in the world. If they want to build a site on the grounds of the Priory and call it the 'Visitor's Centre', they will get their way. Yankee1
  • Score: 4

12:23am Fri 31 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

Yankee1 wrote:
woby_tide wrote:
These councillors must have got some Asda gift cards for Christmas, they seemingly can't wait for the place to open
I promise you: WalMart is an expert in this. It succeeds in the US, and China, and elsewhere, and is the largest retailer in the world. If they want to build a site on the grounds of the Priory and call it the 'Visitor's Centre', they will get their way.
Totally agree, they say that WalMart dictates to the government, seems as though their doing it here to.
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woby_tide[/bold] wrote: These councillors must have got some Asda gift cards for Christmas, they seemingly can't wait for the place to open[/p][/quote]I promise you: WalMart is an expert in this. It succeeds in the US, and China, and elsewhere, and is the largest retailer in the world. If they want to build a site on the grounds of the Priory and call it the 'Visitor's Centre', they will get their way.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, they say that WalMart dictates to the government, seems as though their doing it here to. Hessenford
  • Score: 11

12:28am Fri 31 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

Apart from Asda threats the council are frightened of losing out on extortionate parking fees and the money made from the Hitler style attendants.
Apart from Asda threats the council are frightened of losing out on extortionate parking fees and the money made from the Hitler style attendants. Hessenford
  • Score: 7

6:40am Fri 31 Jan 14

Former MEXE apprentice says...

How many Christchurch high street shop keepers are councillors?
How many Christchurch high street shop keepers are councillors? Former MEXE apprentice
  • Score: 6

7:52am Fri 31 Jan 14

ben111 says...

Cant we just rename the town as. Christchurch stores Ltd.
Cant we just rename the town as. Christchurch stores Ltd. ben111
  • Score: 6

8:39am Fri 31 Jan 14

bosco1 says...

Tesco keeping very quite.!! Bet your life they have something up there sleeve.watch this space.!? Tesco intends to kill every small and large retailer.
Tesco keeping very quite.!! Bet your life they have something up there sleeve.watch this space.!? Tesco intends to kill every small and large retailer. bosco1
  • Score: 3

8:41am Fri 31 Jan 14

jazzy jenkins says...

One word 'Blackmail'
Do they think we're all daft..and don't know whats going on!!
One word 'Blackmail' Do they think we're all daft..and don't know whats going on!! jazzy jenkins
  • Score: 6

9:24am Fri 31 Jan 14

dobrojoe says...

Conspiracy theories aside, we do not need three new supermarkets, or even two. Now, can we please have a decent clothes shop.
Conspiracy theories aside, we do not need three new supermarkets, or even two. Now, can we please have a decent clothes shop. dobrojoe
  • Score: 6

9:31am Fri 31 Jan 14

woby_tide says...

dobrojoe wrote:
Conspiracy theories aside, we do not need three new supermarkets, or even two. Now, can we please have a decent clothes shop.
WalMart has just sent an urgent fax to the Councillors saying "You don't need a clothes shop when you can have George@Asda. Any clothes shops and we will pull out."
[quote][p][bold]dobrojoe[/bold] wrote: Conspiracy theories aside, we do not need three new supermarkets, or even two. Now, can we please have a decent clothes shop.[/p][/quote]WalMart has just sent an urgent fax to the Councillors saying "You don't need a clothes shop when you can have George@Asda. Any clothes shops and we will pull out." woby_tide
  • Score: 7

9:48am Fri 31 Jan 14

Wesoblind says...

What is wrong with this place, its not up to the council its up to the people, they are public servants not the other way round. If people dont like the decision then get off your donkey and do something about it!
What is wrong with this place, its not up to the council its up to the people, they are public servants not the other way round. If people dont like the decision then get off your donkey and do something about it! Wesoblind
  • Score: 6

9:56am Fri 31 Jan 14

THawkes says...

Absolutely ridiculous decision!!

This is such a feeble excuse: "did not outweigh the potential impact to Christchurch High Street and town centre"

Neither of these sites will have a negative impact on the town centre! Just who's/what businesses are these Councillors really protecting? There are just no businesses that should suffer any detrimental effect of these supermarkets being built 3/4 and 2 miles away!

BUT there is one business, that if they move out of the town centre will almost definitely have a detrimental effect on town centre businesses, ARGOS!!
This is a company that have moved as many of their stores out of town as possible for obvious reasons. Now I wonder if they would be interested in a nice new shiny unit at Meteor Park along with free customer parking available!!!!!!!!!
Maybe the Councillors are not letting on to everything they know!!

Beagle Site: The feeble excuses regarding the highways is pathetic. Just where is all this so called traffic (customers and delivery trucks) going to be coming from, South of the Beagle site that is magically going to be traveling our roads via Purewell and Christchurch High St etc? This site is practically as far South as you can get! Certainly NO delivery trucks are ever going to be using any of these roads when there is a 'A' road dual carriageway on its doorstep. Possibly the High St maybe used by driving residents of Southbourne, but come on does anyone really travel Christchurch High St in a vehicle unless its the actual High St that you want to visit? Purewell will not be used by drivers travelling form Highcliffe direction due to a dirty great big dual carriageway! This leaves just the drivers that are practically on its doorstep.

Meteor Park: Absolutely no Highways problems!

Asda Threat: Verging on corruption that the Planning Inspectorate will not take lightly!

Christchurch Council: Muppet Councillors ignoring there own legal dept in there reasons for objecting to these applications!

Hope these cases are taken to the Planning Inspectorate and with a successful outcome virtually assured for the developers, then of course Christchurch Council will be paying out approximately £100k costs to EACH developer and covering there own costs!
Absolutely ridiculous decision!! This is such a feeble excuse: "did not outweigh the potential impact to Christchurch High Street and town centre" Neither of these sites will have a negative impact on the town centre! Just who's/what businesses are these Councillors really protecting? There are just no businesses that should suffer any detrimental effect of these supermarkets being built 3/4 and 2 miles away! BUT there is one business, that if they move out of the town centre will almost definitely have a detrimental effect on town centre businesses, ARGOS!! This is a company that have moved as many of their stores out of town as possible for obvious reasons. Now I wonder if they would be interested in a nice new shiny unit at Meteor Park along with free customer parking available!!!!!!!!! Maybe the Councillors are not letting on to everything they know!! Beagle Site: The feeble excuses regarding the highways is pathetic. Just where is all this so called traffic (customers and delivery trucks) going to be coming from, South of the Beagle site that is magically going to be traveling our roads via Purewell and Christchurch High St etc? This site is practically as far South as you can get! Certainly NO delivery trucks are ever going to be using any of these roads when there is a 'A' road dual carriageway on its doorstep. Possibly the High St maybe used by driving residents of Southbourne, but come on does anyone really travel Christchurch High St in a vehicle unless its the actual High St that you want to visit? Purewell will not be used by drivers travelling form Highcliffe direction due to a dirty great big dual carriageway! This leaves just the drivers that are practically on its doorstep. Meteor Park: Absolutely no Highways problems! Asda Threat: Verging on corruption that the Planning Inspectorate will not take lightly! Christchurch Council: Muppet Councillors ignoring there own legal dept in there reasons for objecting to these applications! Hope these cases are taken to the Planning Inspectorate and with a successful outcome virtually assured for the developers, then of course Christchurch Council will be paying out approximately £100k costs to EACH developer and covering there own costs! THawkes
  • Score: 7

12:50pm Fri 31 Jan 14

George Bowling says...

Meteor Retail Park is more or less a derelcit site and an eyesore. What is the value of leaving it like that when it could be a vibrant site employing 100's of people.

On the surface the planning committee decisions are inexplicable. What is happening behind the scenes to make them behave the way they are?
Meteor Retail Park is more or less a derelcit site and an eyesore. What is the value of leaving it like that when it could be a vibrant site employing 100's of people. On the surface the planning committee decisions are inexplicable. What is happening behind the scenes to make them behave the way they are? George Bowling
  • Score: 2

1:20pm Fri 31 Jan 14

GeorgeW64 says...

Christchurch Council are still trying to keep the town in the 1950's
Christchurch Council are still trying to keep the town in the 1950's GeorgeW64
  • Score: 2

2:19pm Fri 31 Jan 14

jobsworthwatch says...

GeorgeW64 wrote:
Christchurch Council are still trying to keep the town in the 1950's
At least in the 50s and 60s the major employers in Christchurch were SRDE, MEXE, De Havilland and a few other engineering businesses. Now it's just super markets!
[quote][p][bold]GeorgeW64[/bold] wrote: Christchurch Council are still trying to keep the town in the 1950's[/p][/quote]At least in the 50s and 60s the major employers in Christchurch were SRDE, MEXE, De Havilland and a few other engineering businesses. Now it's just super markets! jobsworthwatch
  • Score: 2

2:23pm Fri 31 Jan 14

jobsworthwatch says...

jobsworthwatch wrote:
GeorgeW64 wrote:
Christchurch Council are still trying to keep the town in the 1950's
At least in the 50s and 60s the major employers in Christchurch were SRDE, MEXE, De Havilland and a few other engineering businesses. Now it's just super markets!
Oh, and that other sector that has been the only growth industry in the UK in recent decades and has seen massive growth.......local government!
[quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GeorgeW64[/bold] wrote: Christchurch Council are still trying to keep the town in the 1950's[/p][/quote]At least in the 50s and 60s the major employers in Christchurch were SRDE, MEXE, De Havilland and a few other engineering businesses. Now it's just super markets![/p][/quote]Oh, and that other sector that has been the only growth industry in the UK in recent decades and has seen massive growth.......local government! jobsworthwatch
  • Score: 0

3:40pm Fri 31 Jan 14

skydriver says...

Don't blackmail the residents of Christchurch ASDA, that's said, what's the betting this daft council give the go ahead ,if they do , I feel like many others cash has changed hands or palms have been crossed, watch this space.
Also if it gets the go ahead we the residents should appeal against it.
Yet agIn the councillors not listening to the voting public.
Please someone come up with an idea to jettison these people who are cruisfying OUR town now, before they do anymore untold damage .
Don't blackmail the residents of Christchurch ASDA, that's said, what's the betting this daft council give the go ahead ,if they do , I feel like many others cash has changed hands or palms have been crossed, watch this space. Also if it gets the go ahead we the residents should appeal against it. Yet agIn the councillors not listening to the voting public. Please someone come up with an idea to jettison these people who are cruisfying OUR town now, before they do anymore untold damage . skydriver
  • Score: 4

5:44pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Loyal2AFCB says...

jobsworthwatch wrote:
GeorgeW64 wrote: Christchurch Council are still trying to keep the town in the 1950's
At least in the 50s and 60s the major employers in Christchurch were SRDE, MEXE, De Havilland and a few other engineering businesses. Now it's just super markets!
Quite right! Christchurch needs decent jobs, not more menial minimum wage employment. It also needs good old fashioned independent butchers, bakers,greengorcers and fishmongers. Shame on the local ward councillors and their stooge for supporting this scheme
[quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GeorgeW64[/bold] wrote: Christchurch Council are still trying to keep the town in the 1950's[/p][/quote]At least in the 50s and 60s the major employers in Christchurch were SRDE, MEXE, De Havilland and a few other engineering businesses. Now it's just super markets![/p][/quote]Quite right! Christchurch needs decent jobs, not more menial minimum wage employment. It also needs good old fashioned independent butchers, bakers,greengorcers and fishmongers. Shame on the local ward councillors and their stooge for supporting this scheme Loyal2AFCB
  • Score: 2

9:17pm Fri 31 Jan 14

lcorbin says...

ther should be gov investagation in to c/church planing for curuption
ther should be gov investagation in to c/church planing for curuption lcorbin
  • Score: 1

3:29pm Sat 1 Feb 14

coster says...

As an East Christchurch resident I find it better to turn toward the East and utilise New Milton rather than Christchurch, which, together with the better parking , is a rather better town.
As an East Christchurch resident I find it better to turn toward the East and utilise New Milton rather than Christchurch, which, together with the better parking , is a rather better town. coster
  • Score: 0

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