Morrisons supermarket application causes anger in Weybridge

Building site: But will the new supermarket get 363 day deliveries?

Building site: But will the new supermarket get 363 day deliveries?

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Morrisons could accept deliveries 363 days a year at its new Weybridge store, if plans to vary conditions are approved.

Neighbours are angry the supermarket, which was granted planning permission to build on the former Focus DIY site last year, now wants to extend delivery hours to Sundays and bank holidays and relax noise restrictions.

The Monument Hill supermarket is due to open in time for Christmas, but the new proposals have received more than 160 objections from residents.

Louise Sifton, of Monument Road, said the proposal to change the delivery hours would create an increase in noise levels which would be at an “unacceptable decibel level” for families who live nearby.

Tony Hewitt, of Monument Hill, said proposed changes were the “thin end of the wedge”.

He said: “They have had every opportunity through two planning applications and the subsequent deliberations to have got it right the first or even the second.

“There is no justifiable reason for them to extend the deliver hours and cause more noise and disturbance for local residents throughout the night and bank holidays.”

A Morrisons spokesman said: “We want our new Weybridge store to be the best it can be and provide our customers with a great choice of fresh, affordable and great quality food.

“To ensure we can serve our customers whenever they want to shop, we’re looking to flex the originally agreed delivery times a little and hope to have a sensible conversation with the council about how that can be done.”

Under the proposal, the supermarket n Monument Hill could receive deliveries between 7am and 11pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 4pm on Sundays and bank holidays, excluding Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.

From 9pm to 11pm, a quiet delivery system would also have to operate, which the supermarket branded “overly onerous and unnecessary”.

Current plans allow deliveries between 7am and 11pm Mondays to Saturdays and at no time on Sundays of public holidays.

The spokesman also said the Waitrose store in Weybridge had no restrictions on delivery hours and said there should be a “level playing field”.

Comments are being accepted on the proposed changes until April 7. To comment, visit elmbridge.gov.uk using reference 2014/0484.

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