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Carterton food store plans unanimously approved

Simons & Morrisons’ plans for a new foodstore and 10 new homes in Carterton town centre have been granted planning permission by West Oxfordshire District Council.

On Monday 15 October 2012, members of the Lowlands Area Planning Sub-Committee voted unanimously in favour of Morrisons’ proposals. These plans will provide 200 new jobs and trigger the planned regeneration of Carterton town centre.

Having worked together on the Marriots Walk development in Witney and currently in Bargoed, we are thrilled to be working with Morrisons again on such a scale.

Graeme Cosgrove, Developments Director at Simons Group said: “We are thrilled that planning has been approved unanimously by Carterton Council. Morrisons will be a fantastic asset to the town and we look forward to working with the community to ensure a great new addition to Carterton's neighbourhood."

Subject to finalising planning conditions with the Council, construction could begin early in 2013, with the foodstore opening nine months later. The proposals were finalised following consultation with West Oxfordshire District Council, Carterton Town Council and Carterton Fast Forward Partnership and will inject new investment into Carterton by bringing a bespoke 40,000 sq ft foodstore, 10 new apartments on Butlers Drive, 229 car parking spaces, landscaping and public realm improvements, including support for the extension of the Beehive public house into a larger, open-plan family restaurant. The plans also include a significant contribution towards the relocation of the market together with the re-planning of the adjacent Hawkins House car park.

Andrew Birtwistle, Development Executive at Morrisons, said: “After years of hard work on this application, we are delighted that Morrisons will be coming to Carterton. We have enjoyed positive support from the Carterton community and relish the opportunity to bring forward a development which will meet local residents’ aspirations and help to kick start regeneration in the town centre. We now look forward to getting started on site next year and delivering a bespoke foodstore to Carterton, which will create 200 new jobs and give a boost to local trade.”

Morrisons first showcased its plans for the ‘Old Market’ site off Black Bourton Road to the community in December last year. A total of 394 people attended a public exhibition and 97.7 per cent of those attendees who expressed a preference were supportive of Morrisons’ plans. Morrisons’ scheme is designed to kickstart regeneration in Carterton town centre by redeveloping the south west quadrant. During consultation, Morrisons made improvements to its proposals in terms of design, materials and pedestrian linkages to reflect the views of the community and meet the specific needs of Carterton town centre. The prominent ‘Old Market’ town centre site has lain largely dormant over recent years, falling into disuse since the closure of the market. The new foodstore in Carterton town centre will be one of Morrisons’ ‘Fresh Format’ stores, featuring a new deli, salad bar and oven fresh counter, all at Morrisons’ affordable prices.

More information can be found at www.morrisonscarterton.co.uk. Morrisons’ telephone line (020 7323 3544) and email address (info@morrisonscarterton.co.uk) also remain open for any community

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