Morrisons puts in town store plan

Pictured is an artist's impression of the propsed Morrisons superstore planned for Bolsover town centre.
Pictured is an artist's impression of the propsed Morrisons superstore planned for Bolsover town centre.

RETAIL giant Morrisons has submitted its planning application to transform the site of Bolsover District Council’s headquarters into a superstore and petrol station.

The council chose Morrisons as its preferred buyer for its Sherwood Lodge site, off Oxcroft Lane, in Bolsover, as it prepares to move to the Clowne college campus site.

Morrisons development executive James Smith said: “This is a great opportunity for Bolsover and we’ve been working hard to get the scheme right for this important town centre site.”

Mr Smith claims there is support for the proposal after consultations and a public exhibition but residents and traders including Selvanayagam Elanchelian, of Bolsover petrol station, have submitted a 1,000 name petition to the council with concerns businesses could be squeezed out and the Save Sherwood Green group is campaigning to preserve part of the site’s greenland.

The council and Morrisons claim the development will boost the economy by creating 200 jobs and ensure shoppers stay while encouraging visitors.

Mr Smith added: “We have listened to concerns and suggestions of local people and we believe we have developed a scheme that is both workable and deliverable and that will bring shopping spending back into the town.”

Morrisons developed its application after concerns were raised about traffic. It introduced a bus layby plan serving eastbound services on Town End to reduce congestion. Planned traffic lights with a pedestrian crossing at the Town End entrance to the store are proposed. A right turn lane at the Hill Top entrance to the petrol station aims to improve vehicle access and pedestrian islands to the north aim to improve safety and town centre links.

Morrisons stated double yellow lines on the west side of Hill Top will be extended. There will also be a footpath to the store.

The council will consider the application and a decision is due around the end of the year and if it gets the go-ahead building may start by March 2013 and be completed by May 2013.