Plans have been submitted by developer Churchmanor Estates for a new Stane Retail Park, which would include an Aldi supermarket, B&Q store and a Marks and Spencer Food Hall.
The scheme, reported as costing around £2.6million, would mean the current B&Q store in the Hythe area of Colchester can finally find a new home so retail giant Sainsbury’s can build their new store on the B&Q location at Lightship Way, Hythe.
Highways improvements are also expected as part of the plans, with expansion of sections of the Western Bypass to Yeomanry Way leading to the A12.
Stephen Clark, of Churchmanor Estates, said: “We are delighted to have exchanged
legal agreements with B&Q for their new replacement Colchester store, which will
allow them to leave their existing store in the Hythe now that Colchester Borough
Council have granted planning permission for Sainsbury’s to take their unit. This will improve the range of food shopping in the Hythe.”
“We are proposing a wide range of improvements to the Eight Ash Green roundabout as well as duelling a section of the Western Bypass from the Sainsbury’s roundabout to Yeomanry Way.”
“The M&S Food Hall and Aldi will together offer an improved range of food shopping for the residents of Stanway, in addition to the existing Sainsbury’s store.”
“If we obtain planning consent within the statutory 13 week period in February/March 2018 then we will be able to make a start on site and on the road improvements in the Spring to allow B&Q to open on time.”
Heidi Reynolds, Divisional Director East, B&Q said: “B&Q is delighted to have found a location for a new store in Colchester and to have exchanged agreements with Churchmanor in respect of the Stane Park site. When we agreed with Sainsbury’s in 2013 to vacate our existing store at Lightship Way, it was always, and remains, our intention to continue to serve our Colchester customers.
Robert Morray, Head of Property Planning at M&S said: “We’ve been serving customers at our store in Colchester Town Centre for over a hundred years and we’re really pleased to be able to improve our offering in the area with a second Foodhall to be located [at] Stane Retail Park.”
Roland Stanley, Aldi Property Director, said: “We have enjoyed welcoming customers from across the Stanway area to our store in Lexden since opening in 2010.”
Roland continued to comment: “[Aldi] will also be increasing our staff numbers to approximately 50 personnel.”
Stephen Clark is welcoming comments and feedback from the public adding: “We would very much welcome the public’s view of our proposals and we have set up a questionnaire on our website which can be found at www.stanepark.com”.
With approval given to Tollgate Village earlier this year for a multi-screen cinema, retail shops and restaurants creating up to 1000 new jobs for the local area, more jobs are anticipated with the development of a proposed second retail park.