Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Standish Foodstore - Public Consultation

This consultaion is now closed.  Please telephone for further information 
MAZE Planning Solutions has today set out proposals for the future of The Chadwick Family’s land and property at High Street, Standish.  The area is to be redeveloped to provide a new foodstore on the edge of the town centre, providing a significant boost to the town’s retail facilities.

Before any formal planning application is made MAZE Planning Solutions is conducting a period of public consultation. 
From today and until Friday 22 March details of the development and consultation feedback forms will be available on request from MAZE and can be accessed following the links at the end of this article.

There will be an open day held at Standish Methodist Church, High Street on 19 March (2pm-8pm) where the development team will be available to explain the scheme and answer questions.      

The proposed development is comprised of a purpose built foodsore fronting High Street in the Standish Conservation Area, providing a building of 2,330 sq.m gross floorspace (25,028 sq.ft), together with parking for 150 cars and a new access junction on to High Street, replacing all existing buildings and access arrangements.

Andrew Watt of MAZE Planning Solutions said:

“The Chadwick Family has a very long association with Standish, initially as farmers and latterly as butchers and retailers, and all within 200 metres of the present High Street site.  The family’s forward looking proposals will create a modern retail business that will give the residents of Standish and the surrounding rural communities a great opportunity to carry out their day‑to‑day food shopping locally. 

We’ve been in discussion with officers of Wigan Council about the future of the Chadwick’s site for several months, to make sure the scale and design of the proposed foodstore are right for the town and its Conservation Area.  During that time the design team has undertaken a wide range of investigations looking at traffic, ecology, noise, retailing and heritage issues to name a few, and we think the scheme is now ready to share with a wider audience before a planning application is submitted.

The site is already a familiar destination for Standish’s shoppers who visit the food emporium and restaurant.  It is perfectly positioned to provide a new foodstore with free short­­‑stay parking that can also serve established shops and services in the town centre.

There’s also great potential to encourage use of the site as a new ‘Park and Walk’ location for Wood Fold School, intercepting school‑bound traffic arriving from the East along the A49 so it doesn’t have to pass through the town centre at peak periods.  It’s any easy walk from the site to school on level footpaths that are off the main road.

We’re asking for feedback on the proposed development before we settle on a scheme and submit a planning application to Wigan Council.  As it stands we think the site can accommodate a building of 2,330 square metres gross (25,082 square feet), served by 150 space car park.  That would translate into a shop with a sales area of about 1,400 square metres (15,070 square feet).”    

The public consultation runs until 5pm, Friday 22 March

Monday, 25 February 2013

Malvern Retail Park Extension - ready to go

Work is due to start imminently on the expansion of Malvern Retail Park , which will initially provide 250sqm (2,700sqft) in two units for retail and cafe use following the recent grant of planning permission, secured by MAZE Planning Solutions.

Planning permission is also in place for an additional 1,860sqm (20,000sqft) two storey unit to extend the existing retail terrace and provide further car parking.  

The development is owned by Cheshire-based Consolidated Property Group.  The fully let prime retail park is situated North-East of Malvern town centre and currently provides 140,000sqft of space in 11 units, plus a drive-thru restaurant and almost 600 parking spaces.  Tenants include M&S, Next and Boots.

MAZE has previously advised Consolidated Property Group in relation to its retail developments and investments at Dragonville Retail Park (Durham), Centre Retail Park (Oldham) and Chester Retail Park

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Lancashire Golf Course - Public Consultation Launched

This consultaion is now closed. Please telephone for further information

MAZE Planning Solutions has lauched a public consultation exercise seeking views on the proposed development of an 18 hole golf course at Leisure Lakes, in the village of Mere Brow near Southport, Lancashire. 

The ambitious new course will sit alongside Southport Golf Academy's existing 9 hole course, driving range and golf school at Leisure Lakes camping and outdoor pursuits centre. The new course has been planned to attract younger golfers to the area, and provide an easier and cheaper golfing alternative to the area's more challenging championship courses.

The course will provide 5700 yards of play, incorporating the exisiting water features, hedgerows and trees on the site.  Richard Carpenter, Director of Southport Golf Academy at Leisure Lakes said:
"We play an important role in developing young players, but after a while they are keen to play on a full size course and the proposed development will keep them playing in the area.  As a flat course it will be great for older golfers too."

If planning permission is granted the new course is expected to employ 10-15 full time staff. Work is planned to start in October and take 12-18 months to complete.

The public consultation exercise runs until 15 February.