December 13 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Some of the traffic concerns raised by residents and councillors about plans for a new £6m Next superstore on the edge of Norwich have been allayed, after the store’s representatives outlined revised plans at a meeting in Costessey last night.
Costessey Parish Council last month recommended to refuse the plans to build a 6,663 sq m Next Home and Garden Store, near the Longwater Retail Park in Costessey, citing traffic concerns.
Concerns were raised that the store would create even more a headache for families living in nearby Queen’s Hills. There is just one road leading out of the estate, and people warned that extra traffic heading to the new store could make it even tougher to get out of Queen’s Hills.
But Next representatives outlined new proposals to improve traffic flow and ease congestion at the proposed new store, at a meeting of Costessey Parish Council at the Costessey Centre.
The revised plans included a dedicated left hand filter lane from the proposed store back into Dereham Road and into Norwich city centre, which consultants said would ease congestion.
At the end of the meeting, Tim East, county, district and parish councillor for Costessey, said that if the mitigating measures outlined were delivered, then a lot of the concerns raised by people in Costessey would be allayed.
The new superstore, which would be one of only about 20 in the country, could create 156 new jobs, which would be on top of the 47 staff who would move from the current Next Home store on the Longwater Retail Park, which would close.
The site, on land to the north-east of the roundabout junction of the A47 William Frost Way and the A1074 Dereham Road, is currently used for storage by Bullen, but, in documents lodged with South Norfolk Council, agents for Next said the builders intend to move to an alternative location.
Next bosses say the Next Home and Garden stores will include DIY and gardening departments as well as fashion and home products.
South Norfolk Council’s planning committee will make a decision on whether to grant planning permission at a future meeting.