Sainsbury's plans for Coalpit Heath pub car park revealed
THE owners of a Coalpit Heath pub have revealed plans to open a national supermarket store in part of its car park.
Wadworth, the brewery behind the Badminton Arms pub, has secured a deal to sell part of its land to Box Property Group (BPG) for the development of a Sainsbury’s Local.
The companies say the car park, on Badminton Road, is currently underused and the sale of the land would help secure the future of the village pub. But early concerns have already been raised by local traders worried about the future of their businesses.
Cllr Claire Young (Lib Dem, Westerleigh) told the Gazette the firms had not made local people aware of its plans although rumours had been rife in the village since the summer.
“There has been concern from local traders because they are worried about their businesses,” she said. “There are quite a few shops pretty close to the site which will be in direct competition including a bakery on Church Road, a deli in Lower Stone Close and the Nisa village store in Woodend Road.
“It will be interesting to see what the public reaction is.”
The companies behind the scheme are keen to point out that the Badminton Arms would remain fully open, together with customer car parking, and existing play facilities would be relocated and improved. The plans are subject to planning permission.
Ricky Humphreys, director at BPG, said: “The Badminton Arms public house is an important local facility that Wadworth are looking to underpin through additional revenue created by the proposed development.
“Our agreement provides the opportunity to secure this revenue, whilst providing a high quality local convenience shopping facility at a highly accessible site. The scheme will provide local choice and increase the attraction of the Coalpit Heath and Frampton Cotterell for local residents and pass by trade.”
He said there would be a designated area for service vehicles and deliveries to the shop, separated from the customer car park and the scheme also includes improvements to the vehicular entrance to the site.
The store would create 25 full and part-time jobs.
Oli A’Court, from Sainsbury’s, said: “We believe these proposals provide a win-win solution, earning public house increased revenue through the sale of an underused part of their car park, while providing greater choice and convenient shopping for local people.
“We very much welcome people’s views.”
Edwina Pennell, who owns the Nisa convenience store in Woodend Road, said new independent stores were welcome in the village but chains were unfair competition.
“We can’t compete against multiples because they won’t allow us too,” she said. “As soon as that name goes above the door people flock there, whether they are more expensive than us it doesn’t make any difference.”
A drop-in information evening is being held at the Badminton Arms on Tuesday, November 5 (5–7.30pm). The proposals will be on show and members of the development team on hand to discuss the scheme and answer questions.
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