£15m redevelopment of retail centre will create 250 jobs

This Is Wiltshire: An artist’s impresson of what the new centre would look like An artist’s impresson of what the new centre would look like

MORRISONS has been given the green light to build a new Eldene centre, with a large supermarket, as part of a £15m redevelopment project expected to bring about 250 jobs to Swindon.

Swindon Council’s planning committee granted conditional permission of Tuesday to allow the chain to build a 25,000sqft supermarket, with 250 car parking spaces, on the former site of Dorcan House, in Dorcan Way.

The scheme includes three smaller independent retail units alongside the superstore. The council says tenants at the existing parade of shops, with the exception of the Co-op, would be given first refusal to relocate.

The council plans to redevelop the existing parade for non-retail uses, and says that although, as the Co-op argues, the new centre would fail to adequately meet the needs of residents in terms of community facilities, the project is an acceptable first step in regenerating Eldene.

Coun Derique Montaut (Lab, Liden, Eldene and Park South) said he was concerned about the possible impact of the new store on the viability of existing shops in Liden, Park South, but overall welcomed the approval.

He said: “I think in a time of recession, it’s good to see a major development which will uplift the local community and give us great opportunities to work with a trader whose intention is to be community-based, and they’ve said they would work with the council to deal with a wide range of issues and any concerns any members of the public may have.

“Because I think it’s good, especially at a time when jobs are being lost to get 250 jobs in the area. I think Eldene, at its time, was fit for purpose. But now it’s a very tired area and it needs to be uplifted and what we’ve got to do is talk and discuss with traders and residents about what we’re going to do with the area once the centre moves.

“I think it’s going to be levelled but what we cannot do is have a demolition site their forever more. We’ve got to have a plan of action of what we’re going to do in the area before things are demolished so everyone known what’s going to happen in the area.”

Morrisons held a public consultation on the project in May. A survey by the chain found 97.78 per cent supported the proposed supermarket, while 94.44 per cent supported the creation of a new Eldene local centre.

A Morrisons spokesman said: “We’re absolutely thrilled and delighted. This is fantastic news because it’s providing a new centre with those three shops. It gathered huge support in our public consultation and we’re looking forward to cracking on and delivering the centre, the investment of £15m and the creating of those 250 jobs.”

He said the chain still hoped to open the supermarket in 2014.

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9:54am Thu 11 Oct 12

Davey Gravey says...

Brilliant news. Now hurry up and get it built. I hope the co-op workers are all given jobs at the new store, or relocated to another co-op. I'm sure they can be accommodated.
Brilliant news. Now hurry up and get it built. I hope the co-op workers are all given jobs at the new store, or relocated to another co-op. I'm sure they can be accommodated. Davey Gravey
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10:07am Thu 11 Oct 12

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

Wonder what their visionary plan for the old site will be. Flats?

PS Adver - please learn the difference between they're, there and their!
Wonder what their visionary plan for the old site will be. Flats? PS Adver - please learn the difference between they're, there and their! The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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11:08am Thu 11 Oct 12

Advocatus Diaboli says...

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
Wonder what their visionary plan for the old site will be. Flats? PS Adver - please learn the difference between they're, there and their!
Maybe you should learn to use punctuation correctly?
[quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: Wonder what their visionary plan for the old site will be. Flats? PS Adver - please learn the difference between they're, there and their![/p][/quote]Maybe you should learn to use punctuation correctly? Advocatus Diaboli
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11:53am Thu 11 Oct 12

Al Smith says...

Good news, about time that part of Swindon got a proper modern supermarket.

The smaller centres should be fine, those in W. and N. Swindon haven't been killed off by massive ASDA superstores.
Good news, about time that part of Swindon got a proper modern supermarket. The smaller centres should be fine, those in W. and N. Swindon haven't been killed off by massive ASDA superstores. Al Smith
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12:54pm Thu 11 Oct 12

The Real Librarian says...

I assume the council are not planning to scare Morrisons away, as they did to Lakeland recently.
I assume the council are not planning to scare Morrisons away, as they did to Lakeland recently. The Real Librarian
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4:36pm Thu 11 Oct 12

1 2 Could B says...

The Real Librarian wrote:
I assume the council are not planning to scare Morrisons away, as they did to Lakeland recently.
Hopefully they learned the lesson on that occasion
[quote][p][bold]The Real Librarian[/bold] wrote: I assume the council are not planning to scare Morrisons away, as they did to Lakeland recently.[/p][/quote]Hopefully they learned the lesson on that occasion 1 2 Could B
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4:52pm Thu 11 Oct 12

SAM2WIN says...

Great news for Dorcan.
Well done SBC for encouraging this development.
Eldene has been Swindon's poor relation for far too long.
I look forward to 2014.
Great news for Dorcan. Well done SBC for encouraging this development. Eldene has been Swindon's poor relation for far too long. I look forward to 2014. SAM2WIN
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5:06pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Dazz27 says...

I take it this is why cavy square was never finished, build new morrissons kill off what is left of cavy then build more houses over it a house every nationality there apart from british
I take it this is why cavy square was never finished, build new morrissons kill off what is left of cavy then build more houses over it a house every nationality there apart from british Dazz27
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5:17pm Thu 11 Oct 12

bellyup says...

Good news for Eldene, hope they knock the existing eye sore shops down and the Dump.
Good news for Eldene, hope they knock the existing eye sore shops down and the Dump. bellyup
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6:15pm Thu 11 Oct 12

TinkeyWinkey says...

Great news. Look forward to seeing it open and bring in more jobs for the area.
Great news. Look forward to seeing it open and bring in more jobs for the area. TinkeyWinkey
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