Asda reports published

By Martin Neville

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

 

ASDA plans, due to go before Isle of Wight councillors next week, are at the centre of two reports published today (Tuesday).

Isle of Wight councillors are due to meet next Wednesday (2), when they will make a decision on plans to build a new supermarket on the outskirts of Newport.

They will consider two rival applications, one submitted by Asda and another by SCL, a group of Isle of Wight business people that own St George’s Park football ground.

Both plans would make use of land owned by the Isle of Wight Council.

Asda has said that it has no interest in building a new supermarket using SCL’s proposal, however SCL claims its plans would be better for Newport.

Both sets of plans have been recommended for conditional approval by Isle of Wight Council officers in their reports ahead of next week's meeting. Only one plan will be able to go ahead however, as both make use of a piece of council-owned land.

In a letter to the County Press in February, Doug Wilson, head of property communications for Asda, said: "Regarding its alternative site for Asda, the store wishes to make it absolutely clear it has no interest in pursuing the football club site for an Asda store.

"Asda has a contract with the Isle of Wight Council for its St George’s Way site.

"This site was chosen after considering all of the options, including the football club site, and was won by Asda through a formal tender process."

SCL has said however that its proposal was well supported by the community and the contract between the Isle of Wight Council and Asda should not be seen as having any influence on the planning application.

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