Debate heats up over Leominster supermarket plans

MORE than 100 people turned out to debate plans for two edge-of-town supermarkets in Leominster.

Developer Morbaine is looking for permission to build a superstore on Southern Avenue while Sainsbury’s wants to set up shop on Mill Street.

Guest speaker was Richard Hadley, who led a successful campaign against plans by Tesco and Sainsbury’s to move to Ledbury.

Views for and against the proposed stores were heard in the debate, chaired by Leominster Councillor Felicity Norman.

John Turner, agent for Morbaine, said the company wanted to engage with the public.

“Morbaine thought it was going to get Sainsbury’s to occupy the site and it was a big surprise to Morbaine when the big Sainsbury’s plan at Mill Street was announced,” he said, adding the firm was now talking to other retail chains.

Simon Hoare, consultant to Leominster firm F H Dale of Mill Street, where the Sainsbury’s store is planned, said Dale planned to relocate to a bigger factory and Sainsbury’s would be Dale’s tenant on the old site.

Pete Blench, spokesman for the event organisers, said he was very pleased by the high turnout. “Clearly, the superstore issue is of huge interest in Leominster and we had a very cordial debate,” he added.

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8:48am Wed 30 Jan 13

fordshire77 says...

I find it hard to believe that the Dales site is better than the site on Southern Avenue! you just have to look at the road infrastructure on mill street to see that a large supermarket is going to massive impact, the road is narrow and there is a rail crossing just off the dales site in case nobody had noticed! thankfully I don’t live in Leominster but the poor soles who live in the vicinity of the dales site can see there house prices slashed!
I find it hard to believe that the Dales site is better than the site on Southern Avenue! you just have to look at the road infrastructure on mill street to see that a large supermarket is going to massive impact, the road is narrow and there is a rail crossing just off the dales site in case nobody had noticed! thankfully I don’t live in Leominster but the poor soles who live in the vicinity of the dales site can see there house prices slashed! fordshire77
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10:28am Mon 4 Feb 13

etracey says...

What you need to be aware of are not only the application of two stores but the fact that Dale's moving to the new industrial estate will help the council justify building that great white elephant on the other side of town. We will be dealing with apparent 'job security' and 'growth' to a firm who have dropped around 30% of their work force in recent years with no apparent contract in place that justifies the moving off a site that has been built and added to in the last 10 years. Could an investigation show that we have a battle on our hands that comes from more than one angle?
What you need to be aware of are not only the application of two stores but the fact that Dale's moving to the new industrial estate will help the council justify building that great white elephant on the other side of town. We will be dealing with apparent 'job security' and 'growth' to a firm who have dropped around 30% of their work force in recent years with no apparent contract in place that justifies the moving off a site that has been built and added to in the last 10 years. Could an investigation show that we have a battle on our hands that comes from more than one angle? etracey
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