Identity of new supermarket for Chelmsford revealed

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The identity of a large supermarket coming to Chelmsford has been revealed.

Morrisons has asked for a premises licence for a new supermarket on land next to McDonald’s and the Shell petrol station off Essex Regiment Way, on the way to Braintree.

The plans for a supermarket were first revealed in an application to Chelmsford City Council from Aquila, the company behind Chelmsford’s Bond Street development, consisting of a development of a 2,300 square metre foodstore.

They also include a drive through and kiosk units with associated parking, servicing and landscaping, together with storage and distribution facilities with their own associated parking.

Aquila says that full consent will be sought for the food store, which will extend to almost 50m by 50m, and for the associated café and drive through units measuring 175 sq m and 130 sq m.

The general industrial and storage and distribution element will extend to some 7,800 sq m.

The proposed development – on a former gravel quarry – is close to 2,500 new homes under construction at Beaulieu Park, alongside 750 at Channels.

A garden village in north east Chelmsford is also being planned for the creation in the region of 5,500 new homes.

The identity of the supermarket had remained a mystery until an application to Chelmsford City Council for the sale of alcohol every day from 6am to midnight in Unit 5 of the development.

The site is also on the main route to Braintree and Dunmow and for many commuters would be a more convenient alternative than having to negotiate Chelmsford’s notorious congestion.

The plans from Aquila were submitted last year asking Chelmsford Council to determine whether an environment impact assessment is needed to be submitted with a full application.

A statement from Aquila says: “The proposed scheme proposes development of a previously developed site which is allocated for employment use in the approved development plan and which does not lie within any defined area of environmental sensitivity as defined by the regulations.

“Given the nature of the development and characteristics of the site, it is concluded that any effects of the development will be local to the site and its immediate surroundings and no significant environmental effects are likely to arise.”

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Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter

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