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B&Q Stratford upon Avon to be demolished

B&Q Straford

Proposals to demolish the B&Q store in Stratford-upon-Avon and replace it with three new retail units are likely to be approved, despite B&Q warning that the move may lead to redundancies.

The revised application for the store at the Maybird Retail Park on the outskirts of the town, was lodged by its owner Capital Hill Partnership (GP) Ltd back in April 2016, almost two years after a similar scheme was given the green light by Stratford-on-Avon District Council.

A statement prepared on behalf of Capital Hill by NS Architects said the redevelopment will create better yielding retail units for the park. The proposal includes the replacement of the existing B&Q store with three units, the largest will measure 15,000sq ft with a full mezzanine. The remaining two will provide 6,500sq ft of space with mezzanines measuring 3,500sq ft.

The application is recommended for approval at Stratford council's planning committee meeting on 7th September 2016.

This comes in spite of B&Q objecting to the scheme on the grounds of potential job losses. The retailer argued that 49 jobs could be lost, along with consumer choice in Stratford. It also said the project could impact the town as the development is "purely speculative" with no end users.

While planning officers said the concerns raised by B&Q have been "noted", they added that the benefits of the proposed development "outweigh those concerns".

Source: Insight DIY Team

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06 September 2016

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