Calls for top end businesses on Gloucester Railway Triangle site
HOPES are high that top-end retailers will be enticed into Gloucester as diggers prepare to move in on wasteland.
Work on the Railway Triangle will begin imminently as the developers draw up plans to get big names on board.
A planning application has been made by developers LXB properties to position a sign off Metz Way to the north of the site in a bid to attract businesses to take up the retail units there.
The derelict site has been empty for 20 years but planning permission was granted in December 2011 for a new Morrisons supermarket and petrol station. A pub, restaurant, takeaways, car showroom, a new road junction and other business units are set to follow as part of a £34million overhaul.
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Nick Alford, of LXB, said: "After years of dereliction and under-use of this gateway site, we are encouraged by the interest received from potential occupiers for the planned business park and restaurant units.
"We are confident that the creation of a major new junction onto Metz Way and construction of the food store will help crystalise the expressions of interest into firm offers."
Around 1,000 jobs will be created on the 30-acre site.
Gloucester City Council leader Paul James hopes to see top businesses stake a claim for units on the site in an effort to raise the profile of the city. He said: "The new Morrisons is the least exciting part of the scheme, but it allows the other parts to flourish.
"I would like to see the other units taken by high-quality businesses with high-skilled jobs too."
It is hoped work on the site will begin in earnest next week. The long-term aim is to complete the building of Morrisons by July next year.
Morrisons will aim to open in the autumn of 2013.