Thumbs up for Asda plan

SALISBURY shoppers have given an initial enthusiastic response to Asda’s plans to build a new supermarket on London Road.

After the Journal reported last week that the supermarket chain is considering building a store near Bishopdown Farm, many local people have already shown their support for the plan.

Some say they currently travel to other towns to shop at Asda, while others want more choice or to avoid the congested Southampton Road when they do their weekly shop.

Asda has now released more details about its proposed new store, which would create up to 350 jobs.

The supermarket would have a sales area of 40,000 sq ft – a superstore rather than a megastore – and sell clothing, electrical items and household goods as well as food.

There would also be a petrol station and home shopping service.

The company says an area of land on the empty site – which is called Salisbury Retail Park – would be available for community use.

A public exhibition is being held on Saturday, April 26 at Hampton Park Pavilion where people can find out more.

Brochures and invitations are being sent to 1700 local homes.

Doug Wilson, head of UK property communications at ASDA said: “ASDA is not represented in Salisbury and we have been looking to open a store here for some time. Residents wishing to shop at ASDA currently have to drive to Andover or our stores in Totton and Eastleigh.

"There are also no food stores serving the many residents living in the north of the city. Bringing ASDA to London Road would create more choice and competition for local people in a location close to residential areas that is suitable and sustainable.

“We are now starting the consultation process for the store and invite local people to come along to our exhibition on April 26. ASDA’s team, which includes experts on planning, highways and store design, will be on hand to answer all questions from the local community. We look forward to seeing people there.” But the application has already sparked some concerns about increased traffic on the already busy London Road.

Wiltshire councillor Ian McLennan said: “I’m not sure how people living in the area will feel about even more lorries and cars using this road which is already very congested, especially when so many new homes are already being built there and will make the problem worse.

“We will have to think about if this is the best place for a new supermarket.”

Asda says a planning application is likely to be submitted this spring and a public consultation will take place then.

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10:59am Thu 10 Apr 14

gingin says...

Understandably the residents of Bishopdown Farm and Hampton Park will have mixed views. Some will favour an Asda and some will not if they live right behind it. However as previously posted on another thread by someone else the land already has planning permission for non food retail so suppose it is what's best for the area.

Personally I believe it's a good thing but it probably will have some sort of impact on the traffic on the already busy London Road!
Understandably the residents of Bishopdown Farm and Hampton Park will have mixed views. Some will favour an Asda and some will not if they live right behind it. However as previously posted on another thread by someone else the land already has planning permission for non food retail so suppose it is what's best for the area. Personally I believe it's a good thing but it probably will have some sort of impact on the traffic on the already busy London Road! gingin
  • Score: 14

3:04pm Thu 10 Apr 14

mazclarke says...

I can't believe the councillor is actually concerned about traffic! Shame they don't feel the same about putting Sainsbury's on the Southampton Road!
I would have thought there was a call for a supermarket on the London Road with the new houses being built. I can understand the residents having mixed views but at least it is another brand name that we don't already have.
Lets face it Salisbury is not designed for traffic.
I can't believe the councillor is actually concerned about traffic! Shame they don't feel the same about putting Sainsbury's on the Southampton Road! I would have thought there was a call for a supermarket on the London Road with the new houses being built. I can understand the residents having mixed views but at least it is another brand name that we don't already have. Lets face it Salisbury is not designed for traffic. mazclarke
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9:27pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Williamson45 says...

Come on Cllr McLennan, think about all of your Laverstock residents who suffer from the rat-run through the village to Tesco.
Let's also remember that the residents adjoining the site would have been aware of the future use of the site when they bought their houses. The land has carried a 'Salisbury Retail Park' sign for almost 20 years.

An increase in traffic everywhere is inevitable with a greater population and over 1,000 house being built to the north of Salisbury.

Think about the possible reduction in traffic on Churchill Way, Southampton Road and through Milford if this supermarket is built.
At t worst it will even out the traffic flows.
Come on Cllr McLennan, think about all of your Laverstock residents who suffer from the rat-run through the village to Tesco. Let's also remember that the residents adjoining the site would have been aware of the future use of the site when they bought their houses. The land has carried a 'Salisbury Retail Park' sign for almost 20 years. An increase in traffic everywhere is inevitable with a greater population and over 1,000 house being built to the north of Salisbury. Think about the possible reduction in traffic on Churchill Way, Southampton Road and through Milford if this supermarket is built. At t worst it will even out the traffic flows. Williamson45
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9:52pm Thu 10 Apr 14

IanMcL says...

I can see why my reported comment appear to slant the argument in a particular direction, within the article. However, I responded to a call last week and left a message raising initial 'thoughts', which ranged across a number of planning issues for consideration. Only the traffic issue has been reported. Asda will commission a traffic report and demonstrate the changes which will occur as a result of a supermarket and petrol station.

As an earlier responded states, I have a lot of residents in my ward who would welcome the proposal. I have an open mind, as there is much more to be considered here, not least the effect on central Salisbury, for which WC has lots of planning policies.

I supported a supermarket at Longhedge but that was turned down owing to the supposed effect on Salisbury. We will all have to wait and see but attend the public exhibition and put your views in, is the first step.
I can see why my reported comment appear to slant the argument in a particular direction, within the article. However, I responded to a call last week and left a message raising initial 'thoughts', which ranged across a number of planning issues for consideration. Only the traffic issue has been reported. Asda will commission a traffic report and demonstrate the changes which will occur as a result of a supermarket and petrol station. As an earlier responded states, I have a lot of residents in my ward who would welcome the proposal. I have an open mind, as there is much more to be considered here, not least the effect on central Salisbury, for which WC has lots of planning policies. I supported a supermarket at Longhedge but that was turned down owing to the supposed effect on Salisbury. We will all have to wait and see but attend the public exhibition and put your views in, is the first step. IanMcL
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