Asda looks to open in Salisbury

SUPERMARKET giant Asda has confirmed it is looking to open a new store in Salisbury.

A spokesman for the chain said it is “looking at a range of options with regard to bringing forward a new store” in the city.

One site currently being investigated is an empty plot of land called Salisbury Retail Park off London Road near the Bishopdown Farm and Hampton Park estates.

An environmental impact assessment screening opinion for the site has been run by Wiltshire Council.

This gives environmental organisations and statutory bodies the chance to comment and helps Wiltshire Council officers determine if a full environmental impact assessment is necessary.

The consultation runs until tomorrow.

A Wiltshire Council spokesman said this decision would precede any full planning application, when members of the public would have their chance to comment.

He added that any full application could be months away.

In recent years there have been repeated calls for a supermarket to be built to the north or west of Salisbury. Residents say it would stop them having to travel along the traffic-choked Southampton Road to Tesco, or going to Waitrose near the busy ring road.

Sainsbury’s is also planning to build a new store in the city but has favoured the A36 Southampton Road so it can compete with the Tesco store opposite.

Signatures are currently being collected on a petition calling for Sainsbury’s to rethink its plan and to look for an alternative site.

Another 500 homes are being built at Hampton Park near the Salisbury Retail Park site and the land is also near Laverstock and Old Sarum where there have been many new houses built.

However, previous plans to build retail units on the site also sparked objections from residents amid fears of more traffic congestion and possible problems at St Thomas’s railway bridge, which is narrow and low.

An Asda store was planned for Solstice Park near the A303 but the chain pulled out after Tesco were given permission to build off London Road in nearby Amesbury.

The Asda spokesman said no additional information was available at this time but the supermarket chain might be able to say more about its plans in coming weeks.

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1:51pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Champers says...

Hooray! About time something useful was done for the north side of the city. If the site is going to be inevitably developed, at least make it something that is of direct benefit to the residents. Seeing that WC were very happy to sign off the building of Hampton Park 2 and the 500 houses with no resistance, hopefully they will not be obstructive to the Asda proposal.

The site itself is sadly of no ecological sensitivity and receives no care from anyone. It's full of dog poo and piles of bottles and cans from clandestine drinkers. I've lost count of the times I've gone up there with a black sack and cleared it only to find it back in an equally disgusting state after a weekend.

A much more appropriate site for a supermarket than the Sainsburys Gateway on Southampton Road.
Hooray! About time something useful was done for the north side of the city. If the site is going to be inevitably developed, at least make it something that is of direct benefit to the residents. Seeing that WC were very happy to sign off the building of Hampton Park 2 and the 500 houses with no resistance, hopefully they will not be obstructive to the Asda proposal. The site itself is sadly of no ecological sensitivity and receives no care from anyone. It's full of dog poo and piles of bottles and cans from clandestine drinkers. I've lost count of the times I've gone up there with a black sack and cleared it only to find it back in an equally disgusting state after a weekend. A much more appropriate site for a supermarket than the Sainsburys Gateway on Southampton Road. Champers
  • Score: 29

4:51pm Thu 3 Apr 14

rattajack says...

Would be great...I live in Laverstock so would be great for me. At the moment I travel to Andover weekly to do my shopping in Asda. (Please don't tell me I am using petrol to do this, I am fully aware of that argument, but I am not sat in a queue of traffic) I refuse to pay the high Parking charges in the city center ( get some of my Parking charges back in Asda) so don't use Sainsburys and don't shop in Tesco as it is murder trying to get in and out of the place, not unusual for friends to have told me they have sat in the car park trying to get out for up to an hour. If they now go on to put another Superstore on the Southampton Road it will be a nightmare!
Right behind you ASDA................
............
Would be great...I live in Laverstock so would be great for me. At the moment I travel to Andover weekly to do my shopping in Asda. (Please don't tell me I am using petrol to do this, I am fully aware of that argument, but I am not sat in a queue of traffic) I refuse to pay the high Parking charges in the city center ( get some of my Parking charges back in Asda) so don't use Sainsburys and don't shop in Tesco as it is murder trying to get in and out of the place, not unusual for friends to have told me they have sat in the car park trying to get out for up to an hour. If they now go on to put another Superstore on the Southampton Road it will be a nightmare! Right behind you ASDA................ ............ rattajack
  • Score: 22

8:27pm Thu 3 Apr 14

salisburyvoiceofreason says...

Given how bad the traffic is at rush hour and over the weekends, particularly through the summer months, I suspect that a supermarket in this location will be just as bad as Tesco's to exit. The simple fact is that London Road does not have the capacity to take the associated increase in traffic that will come with a supermarket.
Given how bad the traffic is at rush hour and over the weekends, particularly through the summer months, I suspect that a supermarket in this location will be just as bad as Tesco's to exit. The simple fact is that London Road does not have the capacity to take the associated increase in traffic that will come with a supermarket. salisburyvoiceofreason
  • Score: -11

8:54am Fri 4 Apr 14

journalist1 says...

Neither do any of our roads, salisburyvoiceofreas
on. So what do you suggest?
Neither do any of our roads, salisburyvoiceofreas on. So what do you suggest? journalist1
  • Score: 13

7:37pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Champers says...

salisburyvoiceofreas
on
wrote:
Given how bad the traffic is at rush hour and over the weekends, particularly through the summer months, I suspect that a supermarket in this location will be just as bad as Tesco's to exit. The simple fact is that London Road does not have the capacity to take the associated increase in traffic that will come with a supermarket.
With the addition of the 580 houses, the traffic will already be there. Surely it would be better, than rather than expecting the increase in vehicles to travel across the City, the residents had the opportunity to shop locally. Who knows, maybe as it is on their doorstep, some might even walk? I'm in Ford and I'm certainly planning to ditch my car as much as possible if Asda arrives and walk down Green Lane for my groceries.
[quote][p][bold]salisburyvoiceofreas on[/bold] wrote: Given how bad the traffic is at rush hour and over the weekends, particularly through the summer months, I suspect that a supermarket in this location will be just as bad as Tesco's to exit. The simple fact is that London Road does not have the capacity to take the associated increase in traffic that will come with a supermarket.[/p][/quote]With the addition of the 580 houses, the traffic will already be there. Surely it would be better, than rather than expecting the increase in vehicles to travel across the City, the residents had the opportunity to shop locally. Who knows, maybe as it is on their doorstep, some might even walk? I'm in Ford and I'm certainly planning to ditch my car as much as possible if Asda arrives and walk down Green Lane for my groceries. Champers
  • Score: 13

1:12am Sat 5 Apr 14

LynandJG says...

Hurrah! At last a supermarket looking at options to build in a more appropriate place in Salisbury - much needed and much wanted by families in Salisbury, many whom currently travel to Andover, Bournemouth or Chandlers Ford from Salisbury, or arrange ASDA home delivery. Good value food and excellent quality and value clothing for kids, especially schoolwear. Also currently the only major supermarket / high street store actually selling school cardigans / pullovers and summer dresses in the right shade of purple for Harnham Junior school and at an affordable price. Can't wait for them to put planning app in and sign online survey to get ASDA here.

'Harnham parent'
Harnham parent
Hurrah! At last a supermarket looking at options to build in a more appropriate place in Salisbury - much needed and much wanted by families in Salisbury, many whom currently travel to Andover, Bournemouth or Chandlers Ford from Salisbury, or arrange ASDA home delivery. Good value food and excellent quality and value clothing for kids, especially schoolwear. Also currently the only major supermarket / high street store actually selling school cardigans / pullovers and summer dresses in the right shade of purple for Harnham Junior school and at an affordable price. Can't wait for them to put planning app in and sign online survey to get ASDA here. 'Harnham parent' Harnham parent LynandJG
  • Score: 9

5:01pm Sat 5 Apr 14

seemiles says...

Great! I live on. Bishopdown Farm and think this would be great, saving having to fight the way to Tesco on the stupidity that is Southampton road. Would much rather this than have the eyesore that is there now, and would save the new residents of riverdown from trekking over town to do their shopping. Let's hope it gets the green light!
Great! I live on. Bishopdown Farm and think this would be great, saving having to fight the way to Tesco on the stupidity that is Southampton road. Would much rather this than have the eyesore that is there now, and would save the new residents of riverdown from trekking over town to do their shopping. Let's hope it gets the green light! seemiles
  • Score: 10

9:57pm Sun 6 Apr 14

doppelganger says...

So delighted to see this application! At least the location makes great sense and I am sure the local residents will appreciate not having to do battle with the Southampton Road to do their weekly shop. good luck ASDA!
So delighted to see this application! At least the location makes great sense and I am sure the local residents will appreciate not having to do battle with the Southampton Road to do their weekly shop. good luck ASDA! doppelganger
  • Score: 4

8:11am Tue 8 Apr 14

Marksmith0076 says...

This is probably "great" if you live nearby, not so great if you live next door to the site! Would it be so great if it was on your back door!? No probably not. Great to hear the ambiance of cooler units from mobile plant 24hrs a day, constant resonance from on site plant rooms, moving, and waiting haulage ready for unloading, not to mention excessive traffic, and the new views of painted steel cladding panels from the rear garden! I may be short sighted, but is there not a perfect site for such a busy store on the side of the A303 in Amesbury, constructed exactly for this reason, with perfect existing infrastructure, no residence, and plentiful room for parking.
This is probably "great" if you live nearby, not so great if you live next door to the site! Would it be so great if it was on your back door!? No probably not. Great to hear the ambiance of cooler units from mobile plant 24hrs a day, constant resonance from on site plant rooms, moving, and waiting haulage ready for unloading, not to mention excessive traffic, and the new views of painted steel cladding panels from the rear garden! I may be short sighted, but is there not a perfect site for such a busy store on the side of the A303 in Amesbury, constructed exactly for this reason, with perfect existing infrastructure, no residence, and plentiful room for parking. Marksmith0076
  • Score: 0

12:51pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Champers says...

Marksmith0076 wrote:
This is probably "great" if you live nearby, not so great if you live next door to the site! Would it be so great if it was on your back door!? No probably not. Great to hear the ambiance of cooler units from mobile plant 24hrs a day, constant resonance from on site plant rooms, moving, and waiting haulage ready for unloading, not to mention excessive traffic, and the new views of painted steel cladding panels from the rear garden! I may be short sighted, but is there not a perfect site for such a busy store on the side of the A303 in Amesbury, constructed exactly for this reason, with perfect existing infrastructure, no residence, and plentiful room for parking.
This site has been earmarked for commercial development for many, many years so anyone who has purchased a property next door should have been made aware by their solicitor doing searches. As I mentioned before, at least a supermarket would be of some benefit to locals. One previous proposal was a 24 distribution centre which would have been even more intrusive.

Hopefully our WC democratically elected councillors will support public opinion on this proposal rather than pursuing their own political agenda?
[quote][p][bold]Marksmith0076[/bold] wrote: This is probably "great" if you live nearby, not so great if you live next door to the site! Would it be so great if it was on your back door!? No probably not. Great to hear the ambiance of cooler units from mobile plant 24hrs a day, constant resonance from on site plant rooms, moving, and waiting haulage ready for unloading, not to mention excessive traffic, and the new views of painted steel cladding panels from the rear garden! I may be short sighted, but is there not a perfect site for such a busy store on the side of the A303 in Amesbury, constructed exactly for this reason, with perfect existing infrastructure, no residence, and plentiful room for parking.[/p][/quote]This site has been earmarked for commercial development for many, many years so anyone who has purchased a property next door should have been made aware by their solicitor doing searches. As I mentioned before, at least a supermarket would be of some benefit to locals. One previous proposal was a 24 distribution centre which would have been even more intrusive. Hopefully our WC democratically elected councillors will support public opinion on this proposal rather than pursuing their own political agenda? Champers
  • Score: 5

7:14am Wed 9 Apr 14

Knock Knock says...

It would be better if they looked over near Wilton Road or off Pembroke road!
It would be better if they looked over near Wilton Road or off Pembroke road! Knock Knock
  • Score: 1

5:11pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Toadfoot says...

Personally I would rather support a British business like Sainsbury's over an American giant like Wal*Mart (who own Asda). Sure Southampton Road might not be the best place for another supermarket but I am much more likely to support that over an Asda in Laverstock.
Personally I would rather support a British business like Sainsbury's over an American giant like Wal*Mart (who own Asda). Sure Southampton Road might not be the best place for another supermarket but I am much more likely to support that over an Asda in Laverstock. Toadfoot
  • Score: 1

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