Opposition is mounting against a supermarket on Cheltenham's North Place Car Park
A PETITION is gathering the names of residents adamant that they do not want to see a supermarket as part of new plans for Cheltenham's North Place and Portland Street car parks.
Around 60 signatures have so far been collected.
The petition was begun less than a week before a decision was set to be made about plans for the site, opposite The Brewery.
The two car parks could become a supermarket, shops, restaurant and multi-storey car park. The major development also includes 143 new homes, each with a parking space.
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Residents living near the town centre are objecting to proposals for the supermarket and are concerned it will create traffic woes and kill off nearby small businesses.
Isobel Laing, from nearby Monson Avenue, is part of a group of campaigners called No North Place Supermarket. She and 17 other residents wanted to show that feeling against the development was wider than just those living nearby.
The mum said: "We want to demonstrate that the effects will be seen by a bigger number of people, including those who live in and around Cheltenham.
"We are not opposed to the site being developed, but a supermarket in particular is not appropriate."
The group is concerned about the impact of the shop on the neighbouring historic buildings, the noise to the residential area, the increase on traffic and pedestrian safety in surrounding areas.
With the average shopper spending around 40 minutes in a supermarket, residents are worried there will be more traffic than when people park there to go shopping.
They are also worried about the loss of business for local shops, particularly in Prestbury Road and Winchcombe Street.
Cheltenham Borough Council's planning officers have recommended that councillors give the green light to the proposals, lodged by Augar Buchler Cheltenham and Skanska Residential Development, when they are debated on Thursday.
In the application, the developers stated the scheme would bring benefits including a reduction in the need to travel further afield for basic shopping needs, encouraging linked trips to the town centre.
"The proposed foodstore would bring significant positive impacts and should be treated favourably," it said.
The multi-storey car park will include 642 spaces over five floors, including 308 for the public and 334 for supermarket customers.
North Place Car Park currently has 484 spaces, while its counterpart on Portland Street has 329.