- A large supermarket, for one of the big four supermarkets (Sainsburys, Tesco, Asda or Morrisons)
- Petrol station and 374 car park spaces
- Up to 275 jobs
- Traffic light entrance from the Ebley Bypass
WHY IT IS WRONG
Parts of the Stonehouse area have been very badly affected by flooding in recent years. The building of a large supermarket on a flood plain will increase the risk of flooding again in this area and beyond. It risks increasing the likelihood of further flooding, and condemning local residents to live with the permanent threat of flooding to their homes if the supermarket is built.
IMPACT ON STONEHOUSE’S INDEPENDENT RETAILERS
This development will have a permanent, adverse effect on independent businesses in Stonehouse AND their many local suppliers, undoubtedly resulting in shops & businesses closing and the loss of jobs. Stonehouse has independent butchers, bakers, greengrocers and florists and is untouched by large chains. It also has a Co-Op supermarket that is integrated into the town centre. Those looking for more choice have Sainsburys two miles away and Tescos 3 miles. There is also easy access to Quedgeley which is served by Asda, Tesco and Lidl. This new supermarket would create an unsustainable drain on the town’s economy, syphoning off profits from our community. This is not about customer need, it is all about shareholder greed.
The modelling for the traffic assessment uses unrepresentative data regarding existing traffic flows and does not take into account the queuing and exit congestion that could be caused at the entrance. The estimates of store traffic seem very low and do not consider the possibility of much traffic diverting to the store on the way home in the evening rush hour.