Worcester's Waitrose debate: live report

Will Worcester get its first Waitrose store? Live report of today's decision

Will Worcester get its first Waitrose store? Live report of today's decision

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Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

A DECISION on whether Worcester will get a Waitrose has been made by the city council. Follow how the debate unfolded (and goes on) live in the panel at the bottom of this story.

As your Worcester News first revealed in January, the company wants to open up on the site of the former Ebenezer Baylis printing firm in London Road.

If it gets the go-ahead, the £20 million project will create 200 jobs by taking up a 40,000 sq ft store.

A report on the proposals says there are 49 letters of objection citing traffic congestion, noise, pollution and damage to independent retailers.

The store would come with 285 parking spaces and include meat, fish, cheese and patisserie counters.

It will stock a range of John Lewis goods, and 40 construction jobs will be available during the building work.

Waitrose says if it secures approval it wants to open in late 2015. The access to it will be off London Road, with a small roundabout created outside the main entrance for cars to come in and out.

And here's what people are saying about the decision on our Facebook page:

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4:58pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Roger5 says...

How about JL near to Sainsburys and Lidl at Blackpole where there is already parking and congestion. Why have new congestion when we can keep it in the existing places? There is space over there (when Lidl moves over the road to Archdales site).
How about JL near to Sainsburys and Lidl at Blackpole where there is already parking and congestion. Why have new congestion when we can keep it in the existing places? There is space over there (when Lidl moves over the road to Archdales site). Roger5
  • Score: -11

4:59pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Tobster says...

Finally, Worcester can join the first world (and Droitwich) in having readily-available access to quail's eggs.
Finally, Worcester can join the first world (and Droitwich) in having readily-available access to quail's eggs. Tobster
  • Score: 13

5:21pm Thu 24 Jul 14

obidanshinobi says...

Jeez, how many supermarkets does this city need ?
Jeez, how many supermarkets does this city need ? obidanshinobi
  • Score: 9

6:49pm Thu 24 Jul 14

pinkfluff says...

....and I just don't care.
....and I just don't care. pinkfluff
  • Score: 7

8:03pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Brownface60 says...

Don't get too excited! Legally, a planning permission relates to the land, not the applicant. If permission is given for a supermarket, there is no control over who operates it. Even if Waitrose applies for permission in their name - and gets it - the supermarket could legitimately be operated by any firm. So you could think you are getting Waitrose, and end up with Iceland or Aldi - or vice versa.
Don't get too excited! Legally, a planning permission relates to the land, not the applicant. If permission is given for a supermarket, there is no control over who operates it. Even if Waitrose applies for permission in their name - and gets it - the supermarket could legitimately be operated by any firm. So you could think you are getting Waitrose, and end up with Iceland or Aldi - or vice versa. Brownface60
  • Score: -1

8:05am Fri 25 Jul 14

mrwrighty says...

I cannot believe this Council. I cannot think of a worse place for a store, the traffic is already chaos. I suppose bing on the doorstep of the Council offices will allow them to shop without mixing with us plebs.
I cannot believe this Council. I cannot think of a worse place for a store, the traffic is already chaos. I suppose bing on the doorstep of the Council offices will allow them to shop without mixing with us plebs. mrwrighty
  • Score: -1

9:16am Fri 25 Jul 14

skychip says...

It is the City Council that has approved this not the County Councillors at County Hall.
It is the City Council that has approved this not the County Councillors at County Hall. skychip
  • Score: 2

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