Supermarket giant Tesco has submitted a second planning application for a ‘Click & Collect’ unit in the car park of Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre, six weeks after withdrawing a previous application that was criticised by the town council for being “against the spirit of the original planning permission for the site”.
The ‘Click & Collect’ service allows customers to order and pay for their shopping online and then collect it within a chosen timeslot from the customer collection unit at a local store.
The new location for the unit remains on the northern boundary of the Willow Brook car park, behind houses in Dewfalls Drive, but a few tens of metres east of the originally proposed location, making it slightly more distant from the nearest residential properties.
Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Planning Committee is likely to consider the new application at its meeting on 24th July.
So far, one local resident (living in Dewfalls Drive) has lodged an objection, writing:
“NO NO NO NO. How many time must Tesco be told to stay away from the residential housing, as was set up and agreed in the original planning agreement, for the re-development of the whole site? Use the area along side Bradley Stoke Way!”
According to the planning application, the unit would be able to serve 24 customers over a two hour period, meaning that a maximum of 936 customers would be able to collect their shopping each week, given the proposed opening hours of 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
A total of 13 parking spaces would be lost through construction of the unit, but the applicant points out that up to 936 fewer shoppers would need to leave their cars in the Willow Brook Centre car park each week.
A final decision on the application will be made by South Gloucestershire Council’s Development Control (West) Committee after the consultation period ends on Monday 29th July.
Related link: Tesco ‘Click & Collect’ service
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