LONG AWAITED: Great Park Morrisons set to go ahead
Plans for a new Morrisons on the Newcastle Great Park, Image: NJSR Architects
Long-awaited plans for the Newcastle Great Park’s first supermarket could finally be approved next week.
City councillors are expected to give the nod for a new Morrisons store to be built in the huge development site’s town centre, after years of residents complaining about a lack of amenities.
The proposals have been recommended for approval at Newcastle City Council’s planning committee next Friday, November 12, with civic centre officials hoping the supermarket could act as a “catalyst” for more businesses to move onto the Great Park at last.
The major new store, which would have a 185-space car park, is expected to be open from 7am to 11pm.
While city planners have said there would be a “lack of direct access” to the supermarket from the town centre’s high street, they concluded it would have “good connections for pedestrians and cyclists”.
In a report ahead of next week’s committee hearing, they added: “It is anticipated that the development of the supermarket will play a significant role in the future development of the town centre, acting as a catalyst for further investment into the area.
“The impact on the amenity of neighbouring residents has been fully assessed and is considered acceptable subject to the imposition of appropriate conditions.”
The arrival of a long overdue supermarket to the Great Park, in the north of the city, was finally announced earlier this year – following an infuriating wait for frustrated locals, who have long complained about the lack of shops on their mostly-empty high street.
A new One Stop shop did open earlier this year to serve the giant estate’s residents, while there is also a salon and a pharmacy.
However, six people have objected to the plans for the new Morrisons, which would be built on a patch of land to the east of Wagonway Drive.
Objectors’ concerns including “absolutely no tangible action” being taken to address traffic speeding on nearby Roseden Way, extra noise and traffic caused by the supermarket potentially becoming a “significant nuisance and risk” to residents, and a “lack of ambition” in reducing the store’s carbon footprint.
But one supporter of the scheme wrote to the council to say it would be “fantastic news for local residents like myself who have waited for services for many years”.
Words: Daniel Holland, Local Democracy Reporter
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