Asda supermarket in Christchurch to proceed as planned after two other food stores rejected by council

GREEN LIGHT: The former MOD site behind the Bailey Retail Park in Christchurch

Cllr Claire Bath

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PLANS for an Asda supermarket in Christchurch will proceed as planned, after proposals for two other food stores in the borough were turned down.

Following two meetings of Christchurch council’s planning committee which saw schemes for a Morrisons food store at Stony Lane refused as well as a revised proposal for Meteor Retail Park in Somerford rejected, the multi-million pound development of Bailey Drive, off Barrack Road will go-ahead.

Just before January’s meetings, Quantum, the Bournemouth-based developers of Bailey Drive, said if any other supermarkets were given the go-ahead in Christchurch, Asda would pull-out.

Following the decisions, David Hines, chief executive of Quantum said: “Quantum Group has always been, and will always be, committed to Christchurch.

“The reason Bailey Drive was approved by the council’s planning committee is because of the extensive range of benefits being delivered to the community. We, and ASDA, are proceeding as planned and expect to be onsite later this year.”

Developers of Morrisons at Beagle on Stony Lane are still “considering their options” regarding any further action.

During the planning committee for Morrisons on the Beagle Technology site, Cllr Claire Bath, who proposed the refusal, raised doubts over a retail report commissioned by the council, put together by Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners, which said there will be 20 per cent of people visiting the store would then visit the town centre to spend money.

She said there was “no convincing evidence” to show or support that 20 per cent of people visiting the store will make a trip to the town centre.

When asked the rejection of the report, David Barnes, strategic director, Christchurch and East Dorset councils said: “The committee do not disregard the information provided, they consider it as part of the process for arriving at their decision and afford it the appropriate weight along with all the other relevant information they receive.”

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1:20pm Thu 13 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

Are there any mature protected trees on this Christchurch development site?........only asking.
Are there any mature protected trees on this Christchurch development site?........only asking. muscliffman
  • Score: 13

1:25pm Thu 13 Feb 14

coster says...

Quantum' is and always has been a supporter of Christchurch' is it possible to see proof of that statement?, or do they mean certain council members?.
Just for clarification of course.
Quantum' is and always has been a supporter of Christchurch' is it possible to see proof of that statement?, or do they mean certain council members?. Just for clarification of course. coster
  • Score: 8

1:42pm Thu 13 Feb 14

FrogKiss says...

Thie development WILL definitely take people away from the town centre. Have heard rumors that Waitrose will pull out if ASDA is built!
Thie development WILL definitely take people away from the town centre. Have heard rumors that Waitrose will pull out if ASDA is built! FrogKiss
  • Score: -1

2:11pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Markmag says...

Not much crossover between Asda and Waitrose - different ends of the market - of course if that Waitrose is only making marginal profits and the lease is up for renewal it might be enough to make that decision. But you always hear rumours that X supermarket will close when Y opens.

Co-op is the only chain actively closing stores at the moment, but normally if it's a supermarket rather than a convenience store they arrange for another supermarket to take it over.
Not much crossover between Asda and Waitrose - different ends of the market - of course if that Waitrose is only making marginal profits and the lease is up for renewal it might be enough to make that decision. But you always hear rumours that X supermarket will close when Y opens. Co-op is the only chain actively closing stores at the moment, but normally if it's a supermarket rather than a convenience store they arrange for another supermarket to take it over. Markmag
  • Score: 2

2:29pm Thu 13 Feb 14

hooplaa says...

Good, well done Asda. Nothing like a big cheap supermarket often open 24 hours a day in a local town!
Good, well done Asda. Nothing like a big cheap supermarket often open 24 hours a day in a local town! hooplaa
  • Score: 0

4:14pm Thu 13 Feb 14

woby_tide says...

muscliffman wrote:
Are there any mature protected trees on this Christchurch development site?........only asking.
Lots, either side of the railway is covered by a blanket TPO
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Are there any mature protected trees on this Christchurch development site?........only asking.[/p][/quote]Lots, either side of the railway is covered by a blanket TPO woby_tide
  • Score: 5

5:55pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Loyal2AFCB says...

More former industrial land given over to provide menial minimum wage employment. And to put such an enviromentally unfriendly operation as a supermarket in such close proximity to the river absolutely beggars belief.
More former industrial land given over to provide menial minimum wage employment. And to put such an enviromentally unfriendly operation as a supermarket in such close proximity to the river absolutely beggars belief. Loyal2AFCB
  • Score: -2

10:25pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Former MEXE apprentice says...

Loyal2AFCB wrote:
More former industrial land given over to provide menial minimum wage employment. And to put such an enviromentally unfriendly operation as a supermarket in such close proximity to the river absolutely beggars belief.
Just to the left used to be the MEXE marine section building, spent 3 months there in the summer of 1970. great days!
[quote][p][bold]Loyal2AFCB[/bold] wrote: More former industrial land given over to provide menial minimum wage employment. And to put such an enviromentally unfriendly operation as a supermarket in such close proximity to the river absolutely beggars belief.[/p][/quote]Just to the left used to be the MEXE marine section building, spent 3 months there in the summer of 1970. great days! Former MEXE apprentice
  • Score: 2

11:43pm Thu 13 Feb 14

s-pb2 says...

There is already huge problems with traffic congestion in the area, this is only going to make it a lot worse
There is already huge problems with traffic congestion in the area, this is only going to make it a lot worse s-pb2
  • Score: 6

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