Identity of new Wymondham supermarket developer still unknown
06:30 23 September 2011
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The latest plans to transform a redundant site in Wymondham into a supermarket and public transport hub have been put on display.
A second public exhibition on the scheme, presented by Bride Hall Developments, took place at the Central Hall on Wednesday.
The developer hopes to build a 20,000sqft store on the former sale ground, next to the railway station, which will include spaces for 214 cars, as well as new bus stops and coach parking which could be utilised by train passengers.
It intends to create a new junction off Station Road into the site, with a second access for service vehicles off Cemetery Lane.
Matthew Thomas, associate planning director at Bride Hall Developments, said the latest plans have taken into account comments left by residents at an initial exhibition held last month, which about 300 people attended.
He said no decision has been made as to which retailer would occupy the site if planning permission was obtained, but said many companies had shown a “keen interest” in moving to Wymondham.
Mr Thomas said: “We have taken on board as many comments as we could. The big change we have put in this time is traffic lights on the junction that serves the food store as a number of people were saying traffic could be an issue and we are trying to do our best to make sure there will not be any problems.”
While many people appear in favour of bringing a new supermarket to the town, concerns have been raised regarding the suitability of the site and the potential of increased traffic congestion.
The land had previously been subject to a planning application for 64 homes and commercial space, but was rejected last year by district councillors on highway safety grounds.
Linda White, of Cemetery Lane, said a group of residents had written to Bride Hall Developments appealing for a highway restriction to put in place to discourage vehicles travelling down the narrow and winding lane beyond the store entrances.
“It is very narrow and has no footpath. People walk and cycle along it, so it could become very dangerous. We would like it closed off in that case apart from pedestrians and cyclists,” she said.
“The car park is for over 200 cars, where if it was housing it obviously wouldn’t be that much.”
Bride Hall Developments intends to submit a full planning application to South Norfolk Council by the end of October.