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New Norwich superstore gets permission to open from 4am

13:51 02 October 2014

Morrisons has been successful in its bid for its proposed new Norwich store to open for longer.

Morrisons has been successful in its bid for its proposed new Norwich store to open for longer.

Superstore Morrisons has been given permission to change its opening hours and delivery times at a proposed new Norwich store - after councillors were warned they could pull out if they did not.

Norwich City Council’s planning committee had granted permission for the superstore at the Goff Petroleum and former Hartwells Garage site in Aylsham Road at a meeting in February.

The store had been given permission to be open to the public from 7am until 11pm Monday to Friday, from 9am until 6pm on Saturdays and from 10am until 5pm on Sundays and public holidays.

But Morrisons bosses wanted longer opening hours and delivery times, so the applicant Michael Goff, who currently owns the site, had asked councillors to allow longer opening hours and permissible delivery times.

At a planning committee meeting today that permission was granted.

The store will now be able to open from 4am until 11pm Monday to Saturdays and from 10am until 5pm on Sundays and public holidays.

Deliveries can be made around the clock, rather than being limited.

Mark Camidge, agent for Mr Goff and Morrisons, told the committee there was a danger Morrison would walk away if the hours were not extended.

He said: “You may be aware of the commercial realities Morrisons is facing. While there is a moral commitment [with Michael Goff], if these changes are not approved then the legal obligation falls away and that would allow Morrisons to walk away.

“If that happens in Aylsham Road, there is no replacement and we would not be able to create the jobs. If we are not successful today we will run out of time and Morrisons will be able to terminate and walk away.”

The council had received objections from near neighbours, concerned about the noise from extended opening, but officers recommended approval, saying that would “not be inconsistent with the character of the area”.

Paul Neale, Green city councillor for Town Close ward, said he felt “a gun was being pointed at his head”, voted against the variation and said if the Morrisons scheme did not happen, he believed another supermarket would be interested.

But David Bradford, Labour city councillor for Crome ward, who voted in favour, said: “What I would hate to happen is for that former depot to become a depot again because I think that would be detrimental.

“It would be detrimental to lose a supermarket, one for the jobs it would create and two for the people living there. There’s lots of people who would welcome a decent quality, reasonably priced supermarket there.”

The extended hours were approved by 10 votes to 2.

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19 comments

  • Should have let them walk away! At least I can now recruit people to boycott the store!

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    dark1988

    Friday, October 3, 2014

  • when does the work start on it excatly ?

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    Michellefulltimemum Webb

    Friday, October 3, 2014

  • The Goff site on Alysham Road has become a Disgusting neglected eyesore. At least a morrisons supermarket will enhance the area and landscape the site with trees. Despite those who seem to glory in objection and moan for the sake of moaning, This supermarket will be used and in time become popular. Alysham road is certainly not the most attractive of roads ,that includes ugly architecture and no continuity .

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    wickobi

    Friday, October 3, 2014

  • Absolutely pathetic - nothing better than we might expect from a Socialist council. Just don't let them near the keys to No.10.

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    Birdman

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

  • I hope they let customers know about their offers. I was told by my mother that Morrisons had an offer on meat something like spend £4 and get £6 worth. Asked in Catton branch last weekend and a member of staff said they didn't know about it. Asked again today and the member of staff still didn't know so she asked the butcher who didn't know. Another member of staff said she lives in Wymondham and her husband took a couple of vouchers, for the offer, home but it finished on Sunday. Seems vouchers were posted through some letter boxes. Some staff knew nothing about this offer though.

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    JEN

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

  • Apart from the fact that there is a Co-op and a Tesco's mini (or whatever they are called?) both within 200m of the site... jobs created ? what jobs, some building work for sure, but as one supermarket opens, another shop(s) close... (there dis only so many £'s to be spent, and Mile CrossCatton area is not considered to be exactly affluent. Just my take,

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    scalexkid

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

  • Looks as if the Planning Department of the looney left Norwich City Council has 'freaked out' once again. If they had brains they would be considered dangerous. I suppose one day they will realise who they are accountable to and who pays their wages.

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    john131

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

  • Planning under a Socialist Council has always been a joke! Just look at ther devastation of Nowich down the years

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

  • I love it when the minority of objectors say the democracy has failed the public. What they mean is its failed them. Yet i suspect most locals will welcome the convenience of a local Morrisons that is open when they want, rather than when the local councilors or people on here want it to be yet they live nowhere near the store.

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    KeithS

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

  • Norwich City Council’s planning department are an absolute joke, they even break their own regulations.

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    D. ROSS

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

  • @Gerry Mitson totally agree with you but for those who are working at that time of day I think they would be soooooooooo busy...not

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    Martin P

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

  • There is a lot of uncertainty going on with the big supermarkets at the moment and I think had they not got their way they would have indeed have walked. Lidls or Aldi may have been interested but I doubt very much if any of the other big ones would have taken the site on. Sainsburys were granted planning for their store at Gorleston a year ago now but nothing has happened nor do I think anything is going to happen, looking at the Sainsbury`s current poor performance. Too much damage has been done to the big boys by the discounters who are growing in number.

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    BG

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

  • There is one serious flaw in planning law , which is that objecting on the grounds that one party's planning consent can devalue the investment of another does not carry much if any weight and nor does there seem to be any way of forcing applicants to compensate those who are adversely affected. NCC wanted this store, Morrisons wanted the opening hours-and now presumably there is every chance that neighbouring properties may be devalued by the additional intrusion. I can think of several properties which must be devalued by a local supermarket-not only by the supermarket being built but by GYBC allowing huge advertising signs on the boundary of adjacent properties; and also a number of homes devalued by GYBC caving in and allowing new houses to be built within a few yards of bungalows looming over and excluding light and views. Why should these developers not have to compensate?

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

  • @mitson. Why do you think starting at 4am is any worse than the 24 hour stores working through the night? City Council were elected. If you're not happy then vote them out next time.

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    Andy T

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

  • Is there any point in having councillors elected by local voters & funded by local ratepayers. Maybe they should be more honest about it & let those they truly represent fund them in a more honest way than they currently do.

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    el84

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

  • Who wants to go shopping at 4am, its not fair on staff expected to work these hours.

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    gerry mitson

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

  • I agree with T Doff. No point in planning departments. Gt Yarmouth planning department is the same, caves in at every opportunity, regardless of any objections the people give.

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    "V"

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

  • So, once again the council cave in, and the supermarkets continue to ride roughshod over the local populace . Wonder what the sweetener is? I gave over using them when they withdrew support to their pensioners (regular £5k funding)

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    biglingers

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

  • Not really much point in having Planning Departments, planning rules, or weak-kneed councillors who give in to blackmail at the drop of a hat. I daresay that if the bluff had been called, and Morrisons walked, someone else would take up the site. However, Morrisons are in no position at the moment to call any shots. Another failure for democracy, but then again, most of what Norwich CC does is a failure, one way or the other.

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    T Doff

    Thursday, October 2, 2014

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