Rain

Rain

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 13°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

New Sainsbury’s in Colchester on B&Q site to bring welcome jobs

02 February, 2016 - 06:00
B&Q at the Hythe, Colchester, which could become a Sainsbury

B&Q at the Hythe, Colchester, which could become a Sainsbury's. Photo: James Fletcher

Up to 460 jobs created by a new supermarket in Colchester would be welcome boost for the town according to the council leader.

Sainsbury’s revealed plans in August 2013 to take over the existing B&Q store in Lightship Way, at the Hythe, to create a new superstore – with the aim of opening by 2017.

Now the retail giant’s application for the site has been recommended for approval by Colchester Borough Council officers, subject to successful negotiation of cycle way and CCTV improvements, ahead of a provisional decision based on agreement to the works by the authority’s planning committee on Thursday.

Paul Smith, leader of Colchester Borough Council, said: “The first thing I always look at is are these new jobs and not just replacing existing jobs, and with supermarkets if it will result in the closure of community stores. That does not appear to be the case on this occasion, but it is down to the planning committee to ensure the proposals meet with the relevant policies.

“Colchester is growing fast, and is growing fast for retail, and we need the jobs to go with that growth.”

In a statement B&Q said: “We welcome the recommended planning decision.

“B&Q is very committed to serving the people of Colchester and we are actively considering opportunities to secure a viable, long-term location for our store in the area.”

The proposed new store would include 7,197sqm of retail floor space selling groceries and homeware, plus a cafe on a mezzanine floor, and employ 450 people in a mixture of full and part-time roles. A home delivery unit and “click and collect” section is also planned.

An additional ten jobs will be created with a pharmacy and a second concession, yet to be decided upon, within the store.

Sainsbury’s has agreed to some road and cycle path improvements, as well as one-year funding for more frequent bus services to the shop, as part of the plans but refused to pay further funding for wider works in the area such as a contribution to a new footbridge over the River Colne.

The retailer has also agreed to fund £700,000 improvements to the Greenstead roundabout to improve capacity, including introducing additional lanes on two sections.

The car park will have a total of 548 spaces.

A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “We are looking forward to the outcome of our application at committee, and will continue to develop our plans for the new store at Colchester.

“We will keep the community informed as we move forward.”

The retailer has previously said the new store will not result in the closure of its town centre outlet in Priory Walk.

Tesco and Waitrose, which each have their own superstores nearby, have objected to the proposals.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge is backing Theresa May as the new Tory leader - and Prime Minister.

As campaigning starts in the race to become the next leader of the Conservative Party – and Prime Minister – MPs in Suffolk are assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates.

Peter and Sylvia Stuart

The arrested son-in-law of murdered Weybread couple Peter and Sylvia Stuart now faces no further action, police have confirmed.

One of the vintage cars to appear at Heveningham Hall's inaugural Concours d’Elegance

A Suffolk estate has announced a “spectacular” line-up of classic cars to appear at its popular country fair.

Ben Hayford will be appearing on Alan Titchamrsh's Love Your Garden on Tuesday, July 5. Ben is pictured at his home in Stowmarket.

A Suffolk tree surgeon may become something of a TV personality after being invited back on to a primetime series.

Stock image of the A12.

A woman has been seriously injured after a collision between a Ford Fiesta and a lorry on the A12 northbound today (June 29).

Stock image.

A missing man from Woolpit has been found “safe and well”, police have said.

MP for Clacton-on-Sea, Douglas Carswell. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The UK Independence Party’s only MP was booed in parliament today when he stood up to ask the prime minister a question.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24