Plans submitted for Torquay supermarket that will create 200 jobs
PLANS have been submitted by supermarket giants Morrisons to build a store in Babbacombe creating 200 jobs.
Babbacombe Holdings Ltd has submitted plans to create a 21,140sq ft store in the former Focus DIY store in Babbacombe Road, creating the full-time and part-time jobs.
It say it will provide pre-employment training and guaranteed interviews for 50 potential employees through a partnership with JobCentreplus, the local authority and colleges.
Some residents argue that a covenant banning use of the site as a food outlet has been in place since 1984.
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But the new applications intend to allow use of the Babbacombe Road site as a supermarket.
Katie Hill, spokesman for Babbacombe Holdings Ltd, said: "We have carried out a thorough consultation with the local community and have listened to their comments and concerns, and believe our final scheme is better for this process."
The application will now be decided on by the development management committee on Torbay Council.
Consultation has been ongoing since the beginning of the year with local residents, businesses and other interested parties.
The applications involve a variation of a condition to allow deliveries to take place between 6am and midnight on Mondays to Saturdays and 8am to 6pm on Sundays and bank holidays.
The plans also seek to remove a condition which will allow the sale of all goods associated with a supermarket.
The developers also seek to alter the building, create office space with new hard and soft landscaping, car park layout and site access arrangements.
Comments can be made on the plans through Torbay Council's website.
Ms Hill said consultation showed residents were currently forced out of the area to do their shopping.
She said: "They travel out of the area, in particular to The Willows, for their main shop, and that there is a need for a medium-sized supermarket in the Babbacombe area to meet their needs."
She said the plans will mean improvements to the design of the building, landscaping and greater access for cyclists and pedestrians.
There will be designated parking for the Scout Hut with a community board advertising local activities and events.