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Hitch in scheme for Morrisons store
12:10pm Saturday 16th February 2013 in Business
PLANS for a new Morrisons superstore in Wallingford have been delayed due to concerns about town centre trade and the environment.
A planning application has been submitted for the store on the Hithercroft estate, which will bring £25m of investment, and £6.7m a year for the local economy, according to the chain.
The planning application for the store was due to be considered by South Oxfordshire district councillors this week.
But now the plans are expected to be considered on March 13, after the Environment Agency objected because of concerns about the petrol filling station that is part of the proposal.
Michael Moore, head of major applications at SODC, said: “If the EA comments are not resolved, that is a reason for refusing planning permission.”
The new store would bring about 300 new full and part-time jobs.
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