Objections delay new store

By Sara Bryce

Thursday, January 2, 2014

 

PLANS for a large home and garden store in Gurnard have been delayed after objections.

The proposal for The Range, which is due to open in the former Readers site on Place Road, includes refurbishing the existing building, building an external garden centre and storage as well as parking for 195 cars.

Planning agent David Neame, of Neame Sutton, said: "The Range is still contractually committed to coming and our client, who owns the site, is also committed and champing at the bit.

"We’re just waiting for the planning authority to grant us planning permission."

The Isle of Wight Council said the objections to the application were being considered and councillors were working through the processes that have to be followed when an objection is made.

Comments on the application included Darran Gange, of Place Road, who said the development would cause increased noise pollution and be highly disturbing for current and future residents of Place Road.

John and Julia Gange, also of Place Road, said the development would overlook bedrooms and gardens in the road and objected to plans for a road for delivery lorries.

Colin and Hazel Smith, also of Place Road, expressed concerns about trees and shrubs at the site, car parking, signage, lighting and deliveries at unsocialable hours.

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by roger mazillius

3rd January 2014, at 14:13:50

Nice one DP!

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by Don Prescott

3rd January 2014, at 09:52:35

Rog,
In my experience, Gurnard is a green herring!

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by roger mazillius

3rd January 2014, at 08:44:16

Alan. Must disagree. The site whilst "technically" in Gurnard should in fact be dealt with in planning terms just as a Place Road, Cowes site. As has been previously posted, it replaces a previous decades long manufacturing, distribution and latterly, retail facility with excellent road access and with several nearby industrial/commercial sites.
Whilst the devil will be in the detail, imo they will merely be issues for negotiation with the planners, not valid reasons for refusal.
So Gurnard is a red herring!
PS Must agree strongly with those who welcome such national brands to the Island. They bring healthy competition and more employment opportunities. Believe it or not, there were even those who objected to Marks and Spencers Newport store 25 years ago!

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by alan naylor

3rd January 2014, at 06:27:47

Rodger!!!!! don't effect the planning decision at all!!!! What a load of eyewash!!! its in Gurnard and that's enough!!!! end of story and that's why the economy is failing on the island

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by mel bennett

2nd January 2014, at 23:16:56

I welcome them with open arms. I have worked for them on the mainland.Good products and very reasonable prices.
I get fed up with objections from people about new stores coming here, We need the jobs as well as cheaper shops.
If we had the shops here we wouldn't have to pay the ridiculous ferry prices..
Can't wait for ASDA as well.

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by Warren Copland

2nd January 2014, at 22:20:31

Those comments made by those residents are utter @@@@@@@@. They actually spent time writing that and submitting it. It beggars belief. Any reputable firm such as The Range and Asda and whoever else that wants to come here should be welcomed with open arms. This ridiculous hanging around damages the Island's reputation as a place to conduct business. Asda should have been built by now. I just hope that John Lewis expansion over the next decade or so includes a potential store on the Island. Now that would be magnificent.

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by Dean Harris

2nd January 2014, at 20:31:44

so let me see here , are we on about place road the same place that has acclaim Couriers , also the new store near by and the northwood ind estate , big lorries going to and from all day and night , and the Buses , and cars , as someone said in a early post , big company coming to the island , local jobs , better road's in and around that area , please please stop and let people on the island have some shops and big stores that want to come to the isle of wight , and Mr And Mrs Smith went past your house early on can you please cut your grass was looking really bad in place's and there was no light on outside your house aswell , Regards

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by Colin Russell

2nd January 2014, at 18:05:59

Thanks roger.

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by roger mazillius

2nd January 2014, at 17:03:31

Colin, that side of Place Road is in the Parish of Gurnard. That is just a geographical fact. It does not affect the planning issues imo.
I cannot see how this application can be validly refused on planning grounds as apart from any question of bringing a new thriving national business model to the Island, it is like replacing like as it replaces the Readers business.

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by Mike Crowe

2nd January 2014, at 16:00:29

It was Industrial, keep it Industrial. Build a lot of little Starter Units and some bigger ones too. 12 Months Rent and Rates for Island Resident's Start ups, 24 Months Rent and Rates Free for established mainland businesses expanding to the Island then a five year rent commitment/clause ........... or something similar to stop those coming to the Island for the "Free" bit and then bogging off as they did before in the 80's

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