Gloucester Railway triangle - 1000 jobs and a new Morrisons
THIS could be the future of Gloucester's eyesore railway triangle.
The £34million plans to redevelop the site include a 71,000-sq ft Morrisons supermarket, petrol station, access road from Metz Way, business park, car showroom, restaurant, takeaways and a pub.
The whole scheme would, if approved, create around 1,000 jobs across the 10-acre site, which has been derelict for 20 years.
The planning application was submitted to Gloucester City Council by developer LXB last week and includes these designs for the new store and layout of the site.
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In February, The Citizen reported the supermarket giant's interest in the site. But the proposal has created fierce debate among residents, with many readers complaining that the city does not need another supermarket.
Gloucester MP Richard Graham has given the proposal his full backing.
"I am delighted that the developer has reached an agreement to transform the wasteland that is the Railway Triangle. I have always said that the most important aspect of this development is the opportunity for new jobs.
"Obviously it has to go before the planning committee, but this will give a huge boost to the city. The circa 1,000 jobs will get more people back into work and it represents a positive sign of growth. It will bring more people into the city, and in turn they will shop in the city centre. All in all it's good news."
Leader of Gloucester City Council Paul James said he was excited and added: "Yes there are a number of supermarkets in Gloucester, but this just shows how much we've grown, and the city will continue to grow."
LXB Retail Properties has signed a 25-year lease with Morrisons. Construction at the site is expected to begin in 2012 with completion of the enabling works and foodstore in 2013.