VIDEO: Plans for Ashchurch Retail Outlet go on public display
PLANS for a massive £30 million retail outlet will come under scrutiny from the public this week.
The blueprints for the shopping and garden centre in Ashchurch get their first public airing on Thursday.
Gloucestershire-based Robert Hitchins Ltd, which is behind the scheme, said it wanted to get residents on board before pushing ahead with the project. And it is hoping to get the thumbs-up when it reveals the scheme at the three-day exhibition in Ashchurch Village Hall. It is being run on Thursday between 1pm and 7pm, Friday between noon and 6pm, and Saturday between 9am and noon.
Developers have claimed the centre could bring 1,000 jobs to the county and they want to gauge reaction to the ambitious project before submitting a planning application to Tewkesbury Borough Council.
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The proposed scheme would see a garden centre and retail outlet village built on 48 acres of land next to the A46, near to junction nine of the M5.
Animated flyover video of the proposed development:
Councillors and business leaders have already been briefed on the plans.
Christopher Haslam, property and development director for Robert Hitchins Ltd, said: "Our proposals have been very well received so far.
"We realise there are important issues to work through such as traffic, drainage and the working relationship with Tewkesbury town centre.
"That's why we are keen to get local feedback before we submit an outline planning application."
The scheme would flank both sides of the existing BP garage. It is thought the retail centre would sell a wide range of goods, varying from clothing, sport and leisure goods and household items. There would also be a 2,000 space car park for shoppers which the developers believe will be large enough to cope with the anticipated clientele which is "expected to come from a 60-minute drive time, principally the Midlands".
The developers have stressed that the development would not be in direct competition with Tewkesbury town centre for trade, rather they want a relationship which would see the retail outlet and town promoted "as a joint leisure destination".
The plans would include the creation of a tourist information point at the outlet centre and there would also be a subsidised shuttle bus to take shoppers to and from Tewkesbury High Street.
To find out more, visit Ashchurchretailoutletcentre.co.uk