Plans for a new Asda supermarket in south Norwich will be discussed next week, amid calls by community groups to back the proposals.

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The new store in Harford Place, off Hall Road, will create 300 jobs, as part of an all-new district centre, and the application is set to be decided by Norwich City Council on Thursday, September 20.

The plans to transform the old industrial shoe factory site are being backed by Norwich-based Chermond Gymnastics Club and Norman Wanderers Football Club, both of whom have been supported by Asda in Hellesdon.

Cherie Alcock, founder of the Chermond club, which offers an alternative activity for children and young people in Norwich, said Asda had provided help after it was threatened with closure.

She said: “We’re backing Asda’s plans for a second store because we know it will help to support even more local community groups, which would be a genuinely positive thing.”

And Norman Wanderers Football Club, which has teams across nine age groups and provides training programmes for five to 16-year-olds, has raised more £360 with help from Asda.

“It has recently applied to the Asda Foundation for a £11,500 significant project grant.

An Asda spokesman said that the proposed second store in the Norwich area would include a public space created for local groups and organisations to use.

A selection of smaller retail units and enterprise business units are also set to be built at the site, as well as a pub and a gym.

As reported, the development plans for the area were put on hold for several years after the recession put an original £122m plan for the Harford Place site on hold.

For more details about the plans, go to www.asdaharfordplace.co.uk

4 comments

  • Bookworm - probably because they've already got one in North Norwich? It's about time we had one this side of town, its a nightmare having to drive through, or round Norwich to get to it.

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    catalonia13

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • excellent comments laurellee....my own view on this new store....is the other one will close eventually at Hellesdon.

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    nrg

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

  • why does ASDA always pick south Norwich? taken 2 years to discuss it.

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    bookworm

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

  • It would be interesting to know how many of the 300 jobs are full time ie 35 hours plus per week and how many jobs will pay a living wage. It is a national scandal that a large company such as Asda-Walmart are allowed to pay their employees wages so low they have to rely on government top-ups in the form of working family tax credits etc. to survive. If the government didnt pay top-ups people would only seek employment in jobs capable of supporting them and their families. Why should ordinary British tax payers be forced to subsidise multi national companies whose profits are ample to pay a living wage to their employees.

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    laurellee

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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