Six shops and pub planned alongside Morrisons in Stamford

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A SUPERMARKET will put its plans for an out-of-town retail park on display to the public next week.

Morrisons wants to build a complex featuring six shops and a pub-restaurant on the site of the former Mirrlees Blackstone factory next to its store in Uffington Road, Stamford.

The six shops have not been named but Morrisons says up to 45 jobs could be created in them, with between 18 and 36 in the pub-restaurant.

Full details, including plans and images will be on display at the supermarket next week from midday to 7pm on Thursday, 10am to 6pm on Friday and from 9am to 3pm on Saturday.

A Morrisons spokesman said: “We are keen to hear the views of the local community prior to submitting a planning application to South Kesteven District Council, and will have representatives from our professional team on hand to discuss any thoughts and queries. Comment forms will also be

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available for visitors to express their views.

“Everyone is welcome to come along to hear more about these plans, see a display of the proposed development scheme and ask questions.”

The chain first submitted an application in 2006 and it was approved by the district council in July, 2008.

But the permission was quashed by a High Court judge in July, 2009, after Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce and FH Gilman and Co objected to the development, saying it would hit town centre trade.

Mr Justice Andrew Collins said at the time that the council had made errors in dealing with issues on public transport and setting a floorspace limit on the sale of “non-bulky comparison goods”, such as small kitchen appliances, at the development.

The sale of smaller goods like toasters would be more likely to have an adverse impact on town centre shops than the sale of bulky goods including fridge-freezers and washing machines, he said.

Morrisons estimates that the site would provide 60 to 100 construction jobs while it is being built.