New Morrisons store proposed for St Matthews22/8/2011 by Darren Jenkinson
James Hall & Co. Ltd, owner of the former SPAR Distribution Depot site on Blackpool Road, has submitted a planning application for the multi-million pound regeneration of the site. A new food store – which would create up to 400 new jobs – is the main element of the scheme, which also includes affordable new housing and a range of community benefits.
Initial plans included a traffic route which concerned a large number of local residents. Since consultation with key local stakeholders and residents , the company has significantly revised the scheme layout in response to the feedback received. As a result, Emerson Road will remain a cul-de-sac, with additional parking provided for residents and the parents of children attending the adjacent junior school.
Ian Hall, Chairman of James Hall & Co. Ltd., said: “Having operated the SPAR Distribution Depot from this site for 45 years, we are delighted to be bringing a new food store to the area and thereby helping to create additional jobs and career opportunities for up to 400 local people. That will have a major regenerative effect on Ribbleto
Advanced negotiation are underway with major retailer Morrisons. The redevelopment proposals also include:
- A supermarket with associated parking and a petrol filling station on Blackpool Road
- Development of a new home zone at the end of Thorn Street to create a better environment around the schools for the benefit of school pupils and local residents alike. This area will include around 23 affordable new family houses and the refurbishment of the 16 existing houses owned by the company in Thorn Street
- Development of much-needed car and coach parking facilities for the adjacent West View Leisure Centre, which will create space for the potential future expansion of the centre
- Provision of community amenities including an area for local garden allotments and the potential re-use of the former ‘Old England’ public house as a community facility
- Provision of an additional playground area for the adjacent Ribbleton Avenue Methodist Junior School plus parking spaces for parents and residents
Details of the illustrative masterplan for the site can be viewed on the development’s website: www.former-spar-depot.info
If Preston City Council’s Planning Committee resolves to grant planning consent later this year, Centros envisages that a start could be made on site later next year, with the development being completed in 2013-14.