Interesting meeting with Morrisons reps and other councillors.
SODC officers have said they would not welcome an application out at Hithercroft as their priority is to get the old Waitrose occupied and they oppose out-of-town developments. Morrisons not keen on this site as it can only accommodate a store half the size of their planned development. A town centre store will also cause more congestion and put further pressure on the, already constrained, parking.
It is clear that Morrisons are putting a lot of energy into this site as part of their push into the south of England. They have contracted to buy the site.
On the plans we saw there was a 55,000sq ft store (29,000 given over to sales), a petrol station, 282 car parking spaces and a vehicular access from Lupton Road. There is also a pedestrian entrance from Hithercroft Road.
Morrisons are talking of an opening date somewhere in 2014, following an extensive local consultation, the application process and finally the build.