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New supermarket top of list for Drakes Way site
A NEW supermarket could be built on the site of a business park in Swindon.
Consultation has begun on transforming Drakes Way Busi-ness Park to benefit the local community – and a supermarket has been suggested.
Standard Life Investment Property Holdings Limited wants to hear from residents living near the site about what they want there.
The current occupier will be relocating from the site at the end of their lease to alternative premises in Swindon.
This will result in the area becoming empty and available for alternative use and a new supermarket has already been suggested.
SLIPHL, who own the land, would like to be able to redevelop the land to benefit the local community and are currently exploring options.
A leaflet that has been distributed to local residents said: “Early indications show that a supermarket would be a good use of the site and would create a significant number of new jobs and add to the facilities that are available in the local area.
“There is the potential for an area of the site to be developed alongside a supermarket.
“Uses for this part of the site could include community facilities, housing or child care provision.
“We are asking local people for suggestions as to what other uses would be beneficial to the area.
“Our aim is to keep people informed of progress through a project website and future consultation events.”
He said: “I think it is great that they have engaged with the community at an early stage with the proposed development.
“We have already distributed the consultation documents around the residents in Walcot and will be discussing the development at upcoming meetings.
“It would be great to have a development that enhances community provisions and we will make sure this is the case.
“It is too early at this stage to gauge what residents would want to see there.”
Residents have until Sunday, March 3, to fill in the response form and post them back to SLIPHL.
People can also keep up to date with the development by visiting www.drakesway.co.uk