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First look at planned new retail outlets

Morrisons, Kelham Way, Eastwood
Morrisons, Kelham Way, Eastwood

An Eastwood supermarket which has applied for planning permission to build shops in its car park – has released an artist impression of how the units will look if given the green light by council chiefs.

Morrisons wants to add four retail units, a car wash area, a tyre servicing area and a small retail pod within the existing car park at its Kelham Way store.

In a proposal submitted to Broxtowe Borough Council – which would reduce the number of spaces by 58 – Morrisons explained that they want to provide small-scale retail units and a car servicing area in their current car park.

In the design and access statement it says: “The scheme seeks to revitalise the existing WM Morrisons car park by offering more choice to customers and generating new employment opportunities through the provision of four retail units, alongside a car village.

“The proposal will be constructed to high standards and with sensitivity to its locality.

“We are confident that the proposed site additions will be exceptionally well received by the local residents and visitors to Eastwood.

“WM Morrisons hope that the advantages of this proposal as well as the overall benefits to the local community will be supported by Broxtowe Borough Council.”

Charles Sowter, 35, a local business owner in Eastwood thinks the proposal could be positive for the area if it brings in more jobs and people.

He said: “It is too early to tell at this stage what the impact will be of four small shops on the site but if it brings more jobs into the area then it can only be a good thing.

“It is very positive if it brings more people to the area and the high street. However, it would be better if it helped Eastwood town centre to flourish not just the outskirts. Anything that brings in more people to help Eastwood thrive is good.”

The proposal to Broxtowe Borough Council was submitted in November and a decision will be made now that the formal consultation period has ended.