Nearly 100 turn out to study Plymouth out-of-town shopping centre plan
PLANS for a multi-million pound shopping centre on the outskirts of town went under the spotlight at the weekend as nearly 100 people attended an exhibition showcasing the proposals.
Cattedown-based Wessex Investors, who own the Legacy International Hotel at Marsh Mills, want to demolish the building and replace it with a four-storey block of five retail units, including a restaurant.
The firm wrote to 60 households living nearby inviting them to the exhibition, which was held at the hotel on Saturday, and many turned up to voice their opinions.
Colin Clark, who lives on Marsh Close just behind the hotel, said: "I think it will devalue the properties in the area. If I was going to buy a property I wouldn't want to buy one next to a retail park.
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"At the moment the hotel is very quiet and the thought of construction noise and pollution worries me too.
"Marsh Close is also currently being used as an overspill car parking area for employees at nearby businesses, as well as the Park and Ride at busy periods, so this retail site will just make things worse.
"The traffic into Plympton is already bad at busy times so having another retail park in the area will make it horrendous. I think we're going to try and campaign against the development but my concern is that because there are not that many households in the area we might not be heard - we'll be walked over."
Bill and Jane Arkle, who live in Woodford, said that whilst they weren't too concerned about the development they felt there were already enough furniture stores in the area.
They said: "There are enough retail stores nearby already. We can't see why the hotel isn't viable, it seems like a good site. If it is just turned into furniture stores we won't be too fussed by it, but we'd like to see a good mix of shops instead."
And Valerie Hill, who lives near to the Ridgeway, said she thought the plans were a good idea.
She said: "At the moment the hotel is ugly. At first glance I wouldn't want to stop there. We have enough hotels in the area so to me this is a good idea. It's wonderful news for Plympton at last.
"I'd love to see a John Lewis type shop, or a department store like Derry's or Littlewoods.
"To see different shops within the units would be marvellous, like what you find in London's Covent Garden. I'd like to see something a bit more unique, something different to the norm."
Wessex Investors hopes to submit a planning application by the end of the year and envisages the proposed scheme, if approved, being built by 2014.
Lucie Brailsford, a spokeswoman for the developers, said: "We were delighted so many residents came along to the exhibition. In total we had about 60 or 70 people view the plans throughout the day which was great.
"They have given us some really good ideas and people seemed most concerned about traffic and we understand. It's always the way with developments like this. We will now go away and incorporate their ideas as best as possible before submitting a planning application. The exhibition was incredibly useful to us and people were mostly supportive."
She added later: "After discussions with residents it is very likely that we will amend it."