Asda Sheerwater store gets go-ahead

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By mattcollison | Thursday, December 13, 2012, 13:57

A NEW Asda store is to open in Sheerwater despite another branch being located less than a mile away.

On Tuesday night, (December 11) Woking Borough Council's planning committee approved plans for the 82,000 sq ft store in Albert Drive.

The new store will create up to 400 jobs and will include a customer restaurant as well as 300 car parking spaces.

A new road linking Monument Way East and Albert Drive and a new junction at Forsyth Road will need to be built before the store is opened for trading.

The Wandsworth electrical building, in Forsyth Road where the new store will be built, will be relocated to a new site at Woking Business Park.

But objectors to the plans said there is no need for an Asda store as there is already one nearby at Lion Retail Park, just a three minute walk away. However, Asda has said it will keep the existing store open. 

West Horsley Dairy has also raised concerns about the loss of industrial property, arguing opening an Asda could lead to the site becoming another retail park.

Other objectors said local shops will lose trade, and it will create road safety issues for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians using Albert Drive and junctions.

Asda has said it will not be providing a recycling facility at the site because this will result in the loss of car parking spaces.

The company said residents can use existing recycling facilities at the nearby Parkview Community Centre, Dartmouth Avenue and Monument Way East. 

The go-ahead followed a two day consultation in September, at Bishop David Brown School, with Asda representatives, traders and residents.

Oliver Jones, ASDA property communications manager, said: "We're really pleased with the decision and look forward to becoming part of the local community."



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