HOW Secures Plans for New Asda
HOW has secured full planning approval on behalf of Asda and Lateral Property Group, for what will be one of the grocer’s first purpose built ‘supermarket’ store formats which is of a smaller size than previous new stores. Plans for the 997 sq. m store, which will be located on a site within Stonecot Hill Local Centre, have been approved by London Borough of Sutton Council.
Acting on behalf of Lateral Property Group, HOW Planning has been working on the application for a number of months and feedback from the public consultation was extremely positive, with the majority of comments welcoming the possibility of a new supermarket in this part of Sutton.
It is hoped the new store will be open during winter 2015-16 and will completely transform the site currently occupied by a public house, which is no longer viable as a business. The Asda and Lateral proposals allow the creation of a high quality, modern store, with dedicated service areas, appropriate landscaping and a car park that can be used by shoppers visiting other businesses in Stonecot Hill.
The new store will create up to 40 new jobs. Says Steve Renshaw, Principal Planner at HOW Planning: “The application represents a major opportunity for both Asda and the surrounding area. Sutton’s local planning policy specifically encourages new supermarkets in local centres and the new store will be a high quality development which will provide a main food shopping destination in Stonecot Hill Local Centre.”
Consultants working on the project included HOW Planning, Architects DLA Architecture, Highways Consultant Development Planning and Resolve Public Affairs.