Homes, convenience store and takeaway planned for Paragon Laundry site in Bridgwater

Homes, convenience store and takeaway planned for Paragon Laundry site in Bridgwater

Homes, convenience store and takeaway planned for Paragon Laundry site in Bridgwater

Homes, convenience store and takeaway planned for Paragon Laundry site in Bridgwater

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AN eyesore site near Bridgwater town centre could be redeveloped into 36 homes, a convenience store and a fast food takeaway.

The site of the former Paragon Laundry in Taunton Road, has been empty and strewn with rubble since the business was destroyed in a massive fire in August 2009.

The Mercury reported last summer how there had been plenty of interest in the site, and that an offer had been made which was likely to include homes and businesses.

The deal has now gone through and Weston-based developer, Stevens Hatherley Holdings, has made a planning application for a convenience store - which would be bigger than a Tesco Express but smaller than a Tesco Metro - a takeaway, 22 houses and 14 flats.

Jill Richards, who lives near the site, has written to Sedgemoor District Council to object, arguing Taunton Road does not need more shops and takeaways.

She wrote: “Will it became a magnet for youths to hang out shouting and swearing at all hours and also drunks on their way home?”

The applicants say the scheme will have minimal impact on the area.

Rogers and Jones Architects, who are working for the developer, say: “The buildings have been designed to have a traditional appearance that reflects the architectural styling of the adjacent Victorian terraced dwellings.”

They add: “The impact on neighbouring properties has been given careful consideration and in our opinion the proposals will have a minimal impact on the adjacent properties, highway and other developments in the wider area.

“The former commercial use of this site ceased some time ago and the integration of both retail and residential is considered to provide the most efficient and effective use of the redundant site.”

The plans also include an access road off Taunton Road.

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1:10pm Thu 7 Feb 13

swjoduk says...

NIMBYS again, lets await a raft of negative comments who want Bridgwater to remain in the dark ages!
NIMBYS again, lets await a raft of negative comments who want Bridgwater to remain in the dark ages! swjoduk
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1:58pm Thu 7 Feb 13

MartinB58 says...

A derelict brownfield site being proposed for housing. A novel concept for Sedgemoor DC to have to consider. Hope it gets the go-ahead, might save a field or two on the outskirts of town.

Not sure that Taunton Road needs another takeaway and convenience store though.
A derelict brownfield site being proposed for housing. A novel concept for Sedgemoor DC to have to consider. Hope it gets the go-ahead, might save a field or two on the outskirts of town. Not sure that Taunton Road needs another takeaway and convenience store though. MartinB58
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10:24pm Thu 7 Feb 13

the voice of common sense says...

Good site for a marks and spencers, that'll revive the town!
Good site for a marks and spencers, that'll revive the town! the voice of common sense
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12:25pm Fri 8 Feb 13

swjoduk says...

MartinB58 wrote:
A derelict brownfield site being proposed for housing. A novel concept for Sedgemoor DC to have to consider. Hope it gets the go-ahead, might save a field or two on the outskirts of town. Not sure that Taunton Road needs another takeaway and convenience store though.
Maybe one of the existing takeaways will jump at the change to move to a new purpose built facility and the current premises could be used for another commercial purpose or return to residential.

Personally I would like to see one of these Sainsburys Locals as the convenience store. There are plenty of Tesco Express, Co Op and One Stops in the area.
[quote][p][bold]MartinB58[/bold] wrote: A derelict brownfield site being proposed for housing. A novel concept for Sedgemoor DC to have to consider. Hope it gets the go-ahead, might save a field or two on the outskirts of town. Not sure that Taunton Road needs another takeaway and convenience store though.[/p][/quote]Maybe one of the existing takeaways will jump at the change to move to a new purpose built facility and the current premises could be used for another commercial purpose or return to residential. Personally I would like to see one of these Sainsburys Locals as the convenience store. There are plenty of Tesco Express, Co Op and One Stops in the area. swjoduk
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12:26pm Fri 8 Feb 13

swjoduk says...

swjoduk wrote:
MartinB58 wrote: A derelict brownfield site being proposed for housing. A novel concept for Sedgemoor DC to have to consider. Hope it gets the go-ahead, might save a field or two on the outskirts of town. Not sure that Taunton Road needs another takeaway and convenience store though.
Maybe one of the existing takeaways will jump at the change to move to a new purpose built facility and the current premises could be used for another commercial purpose or return to residential. Personally I would like to see one of these Sainsburys Locals as the convenience store. There are plenty of Tesco Express, Co Op and One Stops in the area.
Actually Sainsburys Local, Budgens or Spar.
[quote][p][bold]swjoduk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MartinB58[/bold] wrote: A derelict brownfield site being proposed for housing. A novel concept for Sedgemoor DC to have to consider. Hope it gets the go-ahead, might save a field or two on the outskirts of town. Not sure that Taunton Road needs another takeaway and convenience store though.[/p][/quote]Maybe one of the existing takeaways will jump at the change to move to a new purpose built facility and the current premises could be used for another commercial purpose or return to residential. Personally I would like to see one of these Sainsburys Locals as the convenience store. There are plenty of Tesco Express, Co Op and One Stops in the area.[/p][/quote]Actually Sainsburys Local, Budgens or Spar. swjoduk
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2:56pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Olires says...

Nah! let's have a Tescos!
Nah! let's have a Tescos! Olires
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12:24am Mon 11 Feb 13

bts73 says...

A novel concept would be a takeway that makes something edible. Not come across many of those lately.
A novel concept would be a takeway that makes something edible. Not come across many of those lately. bts73
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