Residents view revised plans for Memorial Stadium Sainsbury's
REVISED plans for a new Sainsbury's store at the Memorial Stadium in Horfield have been shown to residents.
An exhibition was held at Bristol Rovers' ground to show people the new plans, which have already been submitted to Bristol City Council.
After holding previous public consultations, including four drop-in sessions for residents whose properties surround the site and a separate two-day exhibition, Sainsbury's made some changes to its original proposal.
These include more landscaping to make the development more attractive to residents, a covered service yard and a new community centre.
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Around 60 residents had visited the exhibition by lunchtime on Saturday and most were impressed with the revised plans.
Many felt the new store would help alleviate problems with parking in the surrounding roads and help to regenerate the top end of Gloucester Road.
Many also preferred it to a previous proposal by Rovers for a stadium redevelopment, submitted in 2008, that would have seen a £50 million, seven storey stadium built at the site, as well as a hotel and 550 units of student accommodation.
Phil Wade, 40, who lives in Strathmore Road, Horfield, attended the exhibition.
"My opinion on these new plans is positive," he said.
"They are much better than the Rovers' redevelopment proposal that went in four years ago.
"Sainsbury's seem to have taken into account parking – I'm glad there are no student flats.
"They seem to have listened to concerns residents had originally and taken these into account, which is very good. I also like the way they have allocated some community space."
However some residents were still worried about noise and light pollution from the store and are concerned about the store's impact on the shops on Gloucester Road.
Amanda Lewis, 36, who lives in Trubshaw Close, is concerned about traffic in her road, which is close to the stadium.
"At the moment when a game is on at the ground the traffic is mayhem," she said.
"With a new Sainsbury's store I'm worried there will be lots of traffic problems constantly.
"I'm also concerned about the noise, especially during the night with deliveries."
Ben Littman, Sainsbury's regional development executive, said: "Since we revealed our plans in December we have been constantly talking to residents and trying to make changes so that their concerns are taken into account.
"The revised proposals are a culmination of all that feedback.
"We would like to emphasise that the consultation is still continuing now – people are still welcome to tell us their views and it is possible that we can make tweaks.
"The feedback we've had today has been mainly positive."
Details of the new store were first revealed by the Post in December and a planning application was submitted on May 4.
It is a key factor in providing the funding for Bristol Rovers to move to a planned new £40 million stadium at Frenchay near the MOD procurement base at Abbeywood.
Building work at the current ground would not start until the club had its new stadium, a development which still has to win planning permission from South Gloucestershire Council.
If all goes to plan, then the club hopes to be playing matches at the new stadium sometime during the 2014/15 season and the new store would not open until 2015/16.
The planned new stadium is a result of a unique partnership between the club and the University of the West of England which owns the Frenchay site.