23rd Oct, 2016

Waitrose plans to be discussed

Evesham Editorial 4th Feb, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

AMBITIOUS plans to move Evesham’s Fire Station and to allow an 18,000 sq foot Waitrose store to open are set to be rubber stamped.

Members of Wychavon District Council planning committee are due to meet on Thursday (February 5) to discuss the application which has been recommeded for approval by council officers.

The bold project has already won support from members of Evesham Town Council and been backed by the Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority.

Under the plans, Evesham’s Fire Station would relocate next to the Evesham Leisure Centre on Abbey Road in order to provide a modern building for town firefighters.

The move would allow the supermarket giant to take posesssion of the fire station site and develop a large supermarket to boost Evesham’s town centre.

Speaking when plans were first revealed, Nigel Keen, Waitrose director of development, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to bring major new investment to Evesham which can encourage shoppers to remain in the town and help it to thrive in the future.”

Should the planning application be successful, construction on the new fire station will commence in spring 2015, with it open in spring 2016.

Work on Waitrose will begin shortly afterwards in summer 2016 with the store expected to open in early 2017.

Visit www.eveshamobserver.co.uk for a report from the committee meeting.