COLCHESTER: Council chiefs have given the green light to proposals to build multiple retail units at Stane Park in Stanway.
Developer Churchmanor Estates submitted plans for Stane Park Phase II which include multiple big brand stores including B&Q retail warehouse, M&S Food Hall and an Aldi supermarket.
Land near the recently completed Stane Park Leisure Park would also accommodate various restaurant kiosks and a terrace of smaller retail units.
Planned infrastructure upgrades as part of the application are understood to be worth almost £2.5 million to the local area.
Improvements include multiple pedestrian crossings and road duelling along Western Approach and upgrades to the A12 junction.
Stephen Clark, of Churchmanor said: “It is wonderful news that permission has been granted for our scheme and we look forward to getting started on site.
“We believe that this mix of retail, together with our recently completed leisure park will offer a much needed retail destination for the residents of Stanway, together with creating around 400 jobs.”
The council had previously raised concerns over use of the land proposed for Stane Park Phase II, with the council’s retail and employment advisors, Cushman & Wakefield, analysing evidence submitted in support of the application by Churchmanor Estates.
Speaking at the planning meeting in favour of the plans, Cllr. Paul Dundas (Con), ward councillor for Stanway said: “I believe it’s right to recommend the proposal given the history of previous appeals.
“There are real concerns from local residents over infrastructure and the proposals bring with it much needed improvements.
“I welcome the additional crossings planned for the area, including a new one on London Road and am pleased to welcome the hundreds of new jobs which will be brought to Stanway.”
B&Q, the national DIY retailer, have confirmed plans to close their existing store in Flagship Way in the Hythe area of Colchester to make way for a new Sainsbury’s supermarket.
A spokesperson for the DIY brand said: “B&Q remains committed to serving the Colchester area and has exchanged agreements to take a new unit on the proposed Stane Park development. This is subject to planning permission, which needs to run its course.”
Agreements have already been signed by both parties for the delivery of a new B&Q store at the planned Stane Park Phase II development site.
The news comes as last week, developers Churchmanor Estates confirmed the completion of Stane Park Leisure Park, bringing with it KFC, Starbucks, Coast to Coast and Nando’s set to open by Christmas.
Plans for the retail development will now be sent to the Secretary of State for final approval.