A MAJOR new superstore is proposed on Chester's outskirts.
The application has been put forward by Morrisons at the former Bramall Quicks/GT Owen premises on Chester Road and High Street in Saltney.
The food store, with an overall 6,100sq m of space, would replace the former Morrisons store on River Lane, which closed in 2006 following the merger of Safeway and Morrisons. Flintshire county councillors were due to hear yesterday (Wednesday) that the town does not have a major food store and the development would redress the loss of the previous Morrisons.
There is "significant leakage" to food stores in Broughton, Queensferry and Chester and there is a need for Saltney to improve its retail offer, planners argue.
The store would be in the town centre and would encourage more shoppers to visit Saltney as a shopping a destination, they believe.
Saltney Town Council has no objections and welcomes the development, but says it is concerned about issues including car park lighting and the possible effect on homes, pedestrian access and consultations with local residents about pile-driving.
The application includes a petrol filling station and car wash, according to a report. Public access would be from Chester Road/High Street with a right hand turn lane and traffic signals. There would be parking for 434 cars. Landscaping would include planting of the Balderton Brook, which runs through the site, to form a wildlife corridor.
The council has agreed to transfer nearby toilets which would be demolished and the area landscaped. In return, Morrisons would provide the county council with a much larger site for a library and community building.