Morrisons puts retail park plans for Stamford on show

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A SUPERMARKET has unveiled its plans for an out-of-town retail park to the public.

Details about the complex, which would include six shops and a pub/restaurant, were on display at Morrisons in Uffington Road, Stamford, yesterday, and will be there today and tomorrow.

Customers were able to ask questions about the plans, which would revitalise the derelict site of the former Mirrlees Blackstone factory.

Bob Williams, 60, of Essex Road, runs a builders’ merchants close to the site. He was impressed with what he saw.

He said: “That place has been an eyesore for as long as I can remember and I am really pleased to see they are putting a nice development there.

“It is going to be one of the very few increases to jobs in Stamford for the next few years, with a lot for young people.

“As a Stamford resident I would like to see it go ahead and I would hate to see people with petty objections block it.”

Although no brands have been confirmed for the six retail units, Morrisons says it is talking to a wide range of retailers, including DIY, fashion, furniture, and electrical appliance firms.

The firm says the new complex will “help to plug the retail gap in Stamford and complement the town centre”.

Morrisons also confirmed up to 45 jobs could be created in the new shops, with between 18 and 36 in the pub-restaurant.

The chain first submitted an application in 2006 and it was approved by South Kesteven 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.

It has not yet submitted a planning application for the retail park.