Asda plans to go before Isle of Wight Council within weeks

By Martin Neville

Saturday, May 31, 2014

 

Asda plans to go before Isle of Wight Council within weeks

Consultation on the SCL plan for a new Asda supermarket on the Isle of Wight.

THE Isle of Wight Council planning committee will hear rival applications for a new supermarket on the outskirts of Newport next month.

Two separate planning applications have been lodged for land off St George’s Way, by supermarket giant Asda and South Coast Leisure (SCL), the owners of the neighbouring Newport football ground.

Asda has made it clear it intends to stick to its own scheme, which would create 450 jobs.

If approved, the 45,000sq ft store will include a petrol station and cafe inside, an improved pedestrian/cycle route and a shuttle bus service to the town centre.

SCL has submitted an alternative scheme on the football ground site and plans to use cash from the development to build a new ground on adjacent land, owned by the Isle of Wight Council.

SCL claims its proposal offered more benefits to Islanders, being closer to the town and would allow the construction of new football club facilities that could be used by the community.

The council meeting is due to be held on June 24.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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