Morrisons set to unveil its latest plans for Plymouth shop expansion
SUPERMARKET giant Morrisons is to reveal its latest proposal to extend its Outland Road store after previous plans were pulled at the 11th hour.
A two-day public exhibition unveiling the latest plan will be launched tomorrow.
The firm won't reveal the exact details until the exhibition at 11am, but it is understood it still wants to build a huge extension and a decked car park.
But the revised plan won't involve cutting down mature trees and changes have been made to tackle issues regarding traffic access and congestion in surrounding roads.
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Just last month the retailer withdrew plans to increase its shopping area by 1,415 square metres to 4,015 square metres, create a new entrance on Outland Road and build a massive parking deck at the site just days before they were due to go before Plymouth City Council's planning committee.
A report by council officers had recommended refusal saying they didn't think the extension was justified and the plans didn't adequately deal with parking or traffic access.
They said that although Morrisons made a convincing case that the store is "overtrading", they concluded that the proposal failed to demonstrate adequate access and parking can be provided, and the decked car park was considered to be contrived and unattractive.
But now Morrisons has gone back to the drawing board, and will show plans and computer-generated images of the new proposal to the public at the store tomorrow and on Saturday.
Morrisons wants to revamp the building, which it took over when it swallowed rival supermarket company Safeway in 2003, with bosses saying they intend to create a new concept "Fresh Format" store with what they call "a real wow factor".
They said that following in-depth discussions with council planners, and "concerns raised by local people", Morrisons has "pulled out all the stops to invite the public and councillors to" the in-store consultation exhibition.
The firm said it has listened planners and neighbouring residents, and revised its plans to ensure "traffic keeps moving in and around the store and to prevent congestion on any of the neighbouring roads".
Morrisons said it wants the community, including city councillors, to view and discuss the revised proposal, prior to it being submitted for planning approval.
Representatives from Morrisons professional team will be on hand to answer questions and comment forms will be available for people to provide feedback.
John Robson, Morrisons asset manager, said: "We want to break free from the constraints of the original Safeway format in order to let our store 'breathe'.
"It will also enable us to introduce our stunning new Fresh Format, an exciting new concept presenting Morrisons wide range of fresh ingredients in an innovative and inviting way."
The consultation event is tomorrow from 11am until 7pm, and on Saturday from 10am to 3pm.