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New Lymm Supermarket to be Netto

Posted by Neil on Monday, 16 March 2015 at 20:00:00

Filed under: Announcements, Political, Shopping

The identity of a supermarket due to be built in Lymm has been revealed.

Secrecy has surrounded which retailer would take over the Rushgreen Road site but it was revealed as Netto when a sign was put up notifying residents that an application for a licence had been submitted to Warrington Borough Council.

Planning permission has been granted for a store on the site of the former Rushgreen Road service station but residents say they were led to believe the application was for a ‘high-end supermarket’.

They have launched a petition calling on the council to oppose the building of a Netto and to re-consult residents as ‘it is not an upmarket supermarket as promised’.

Cllr Ian Marks, a Liberal Democrat representative for Lymm, said: “The company has been inept in the way the name has leaked out. I cannot believe their PR people intended this.

“I had no idea whatsoever who the supermarket was going to be and Netto was not a company that had even crossed my mind. What is upsetting people is that the original consultation document put out by the developer, Brookhouse, stated that the proposal was for ‘a new high-quality food store in Lymm’.

“As well as meaning a quality design for the building, this was interpreted by most people including myself as meaning an upmarket company. Names such as Waitrose, Booths and M&S were suggested by residents.”

Netto is a Danish discount supermarket which traded in the UK under its own name until it was bought out by ASDA in 2010 before returning in November 2014 in a joint venture with Sainsbury’s.

“Rightly or wrongly Netto is perceived to be a downmarket company and is not what people expected,” said Cllr Marks. It has generated real anger and an online petition to try and have it stopped.”

He said there was a real concern that as Netto is a joint venture with Sainsbury’s, the store in the centre of Lymm, an anchor store that brings footfall to the village centre, is at risk.

Cllr Pam Marks who is chairman of the Parish Council’s Planning Committee added: “Although I am disappointed at the identity of the tenant, under planning law, knowing the name could not have affected our decision to support the application.

“People are saying the store is being built on the greenbelt but this is not true because the greenbelt starts behind this brownfield site.”

Tom Whitehead, town planning manager at Brookhouse, said: “We have been bound by a contract with the retailer to keep the identity quiet. Because the site sits next to a listed building we have to make a particular effort with the design and it will be a high-quality building. We held a public consultation at the time and about 400 people turned up, some of them wanted a Booths or an M&S but there was an equal number of participants who wanted to see a discount store.”

Here are just a few of the reasons residents gave for signing the petition –

Tracey Wilkinson: Lymm residents wanted somewhere local to do a full weeks shopping and Netto does not offer enough choice and doesn't supply food from local producers/farmers. I will continue shopping out of town if this store comes to Lymm. Locals feel ignored and disappointed!

Ian Walkley: We've been miss sold in a very underhand manner, without a 2nd thought to the impact that this will have on the local infrastructure.

Anna Fradgley: I appreciate that we need development in Lymm. I was a bit concerned that the already very busy Rushgreen Road will become busier because of traffic, but we were promised a upmarket store. Turns out we have been 'hoodwinked'. Netto is at the opposite end of the spectrum!!!!! Do you think that we are stupid? How is this going to benefit Lymm residents? I think the M&S at the Moto services will have far more business than Netto ever will! Bad choice.

Rachel Flanagan: Firstly, we do not need another supermarket in our village. The road infrastructure cannot cope with it. Secondly, we have been misled that this was an upmarket supermarket which clearly Netto is not.

Lizzie Clarke: It would be a real shame if Netto opened in Lymm, it isn't what so many of us are hoping for. It isn't what was proposed!

You can find the petition here.

 

Article courtesy of the Warrington Guardian.

Tags: netto, supertmarket, shopping

No Supermarket Confirmed for Lymm

Posted by Neil on Thursday, 12 February 2015 at 15:36:55

Filed under: Political, Business, Surrounding areas, Shopping

Detailed plans to open a food shop on the former site of Rushgreen Services in Lymm have been submitted.

Developers Brookhouse have sent Warrington Borough Council a planning application to clear the former petrol station site on Rushgreen Road and to build a supermarket in its place.

The detailed application follows outline planning permission being given the go ahead last year.

It is for a slightly bigger supermarket than originally suggested, with 57 car parking spaces and the creation of 25 jobs. A report included in the application states the potential owners of the supermarket still do not want to be named.

It adds: "The proposed supermarket would be of a modest scale. However, it would be larger than any existing provision at Lymm and provide the opportunity for local residents to undertake weekly shopping, thereby avoiding trips to large supermarkets at Altrincham, Warrington, Stockton Heath or elsewhere. The proposal would also introduce choice and competition from which local people would benefit."

A survey of shopping habits among people in Lymm, included in the application, showed that the most popular destination for households in the WA13 post code area is Morrisons at Greenalls Avenue, 16 per cent, followed by Sainsbury’s at Warrington 10 per cent, Sainsbury’s at Altrincham, 8 per cent, Tesco at Altrincham 6 per cent and Waitrose at Altrincham, 5 per cent.

The report concludes: "The proposed development is significantly larger in scale than the existing Sainsbury’s Local store in Lymm Village Centre or the Co-operative stores and Costcutter elsewhere in Lymm. It will therefore provide more opportunity for local people to undertake their main food and grocery shopping locally at Lymm. In this respect the current proposal is larger than the outline scheme. It will provide a greater choice and avoid the need to travel to large foodstores, at least for some main shopping trips."

A decision will be made on the application later this year.

Article courtesy of the Warrington Guardian.

Tags: supermarket, shop

Lymm Student Inspired to Act

Posted by Neil on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 at 14:31:43

Filed under: Charity, Fundraising

Hearing about the horrors of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh was the moment a former Priestley College realised urgent changes are needed in the fashion industry.

Charlotte Instone, from Lymm, watched the TV with shock as the media reported on the more than 1,130 garment workers who were crushed to death under eight stories of concrete when the building collapsed in 2013. The 20-year-old said: "I was inspired to become involved in ethical fashion when I saw the atrocities that happened with Rana Plaza.

"It horrified me that things I am buying on the high street, people are losing their lives for, children and girls my age. We need to start understanding that as consumers, our choices matter."

Determined to make a difference, Charlotte, who is in her third year at London College of Fashion studying buying and merchandising, has organised two fashion shows in the capital to raise awareness of the very best of ethical fashion.

The aim of the event was to educate people into what they are buying on the high street, to encourage change and to raise money to help poverty stricken countries.

She said: "If we were to start buying the one per cent fair trade cotton on the high street, it would create demand and retailers would start supplying ethical alternatives. I wanted to let others know about what they can do and where they can shop to make a difference."

Although Charlotte has no plans to organise another ethical fashion show in the near future, her mission to bring radical changes is still ongoing.

She said: "The whole aim is now to move the story on and equip people with why and what it looks like to shop ethically. I will be running a conference at the end of the year, with visionary expert speakers from around the UK and US.

"I am working on a business start-up at the moment that I will be launching when I graduate. It will allow consumers to shop ethically, without having to compromise on price or style."

Charlotte's Priestley textiles tutor Emma Lingard added: “Charlotte impressed us all at Priestley and it is no surprise that she has gone on to make a real difference."

Tags: student

New Lymm Supermarket Approved

Posted by Neil on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 at 09:22:30

Filed under: Announcements, Openings, Lymm, Business, Surrounding areas

Warrington Council has signed off plans for a 6,500 sq ft convenience store, on the site of a former petrol station in Rushgreen Road.

The project is being brought forward by Sale-based property development and investment company Brookhouse Group. The occupier of the store is yet to be named.

Development of the store will include parking for 57 cars.

Tom Whitehead, town planning manager at Brookhouse, said: "This is a fantastic result and we now look forward to further progressing the proposal, including confirming the operator.

"As well as bringing this derelict land back into use, the store will offer a number of benefits to the local community. The supportive feedback we received highlighted that many residents are looking forward to the prospect of new jobs and greater choice as well as the chance to carry out more of their food shopping in Lymm instead of surrounding towns."

Earlier this year, nearly 400 people attended a public exhibition on the plans. Responses received during and after the event, indicated that the majority were in favour of the proposal. Planning officers had also recommended that the scheme be approved.

Construction is likely to start later this year with the new store expected to be open in summer 2015. The architect for the store is Cassidy + Ashton.

Courtesy of Place Northwest.

Tags: shopping

Rushgreen Food Shop Plans

Posted by Neil on Monday, 25 August 2014 at 16:26:35

Filed under: Announcements, Appeals for Information, Political, Shopping

Plans to knock down a former service station in Lymm and replace it with a supermarket will be discussed this week. Developers went to flatten the old Rushgreen Service Station and build a large food shop in its place. But neighbours and former Mayor Clr Sheila Woodyatt have objected to the plans which will be debated by councillors on Wednesday.

Planning officers at Warrington Town Hall say the scheme should go ahead. Residents say not only will the development hit the rural character of that part of Lymm, but that its opening could hit exisiting traders in the centre of the village nearby.

Clr Woodyatt said she had referred the application to the planning sub-committee because of the “serious local concern about the detrimental effect on the rural character of this part of Rushgreen Road, increase in traffic and potential harm to the viability of the shops in Lymm village centre.”

Neighbours say there is no need for the new shop with a Sainsbury’s Local available on The Cross and say it could threaten current businesses.

They also argue the increased traffic would worsen existing congestion which can build up on Rushgreen Road.

However, in a detailed report, planners say they believe at least half the new shoppers won’t currently shop in Lymm and say there is a quick turnaround for vacant units in the centre of Lymm - therefore reducing the threat of a new development.

The application will be discussed at 6.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Tags: rushgreen, shops

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