Waitrose to open store at Handy Cross?

Waitrose to open store at Handy Cross?

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Waitrose to open store at Handy Cross?

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WAITROSE appears to be the favourite to operate a food store which is expected to be built as part of the Handy Cross Hub project.

Wycombe District Council has so far remained tight-lipped about which retailer would move into the store earmarked for Handy Cross.

But designs for a building clearly emblazoned with the distinctive green Waitrose sign were submitted as part of the council’s outline planning application for a food store and car-park on the site.

Waitrose previously told the Free Press it was “extremely keen” to open a supermarket in High Wycombe.

It already has stores in neighbouring Beaconsfield, Marlow, Gerrards Cross, Amersham, Chesham and Maidenhead.

Meanwhile, preparation work for the new Wycombe Sports Centre is continuing – with construction expected to begin in March.

WDC submitted a planning application for the detailed designs of phase two of the Handy Cross project – which includes the above mentioned food store and a new coachway park and ride – before Christmas.

The authority is busy negotiating with its preferred construction contractor about build and price, while a number of leisure operators have submitted bids to take over the running of the new sports centre.

The new synthetic pitch at John Hampden Grammar School is now in full use. It replaces the existing flood-lit astro-turf at Handy Cross.

A substantial electricity cable has been diverted, with further enabling work involving the diversion of a large water main and the laying of fibre optic cables along the A404 will also need to be carried out.

The council said 170 new trees will be planted along with the formation of a new ’green amenity and water space’ as part of the landscaping plan.

Cllr Richard Scott, WDC Leader, said: “The efficient progress of the enabling works marks another milestone in our plans to transform the district’s sports and leisure offer.

“We've always been determined that the new Wycombe Sport and Leisure Centre will be a flagship facility and a most significant improvement on the existing building.

“The new centre will provide enhanced facilities and will give residents an Olympic legacy of which to be proud."

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5:22pm Thu 23 Jan 14

rem708 says...

won't be any room of a sports center!
won't be any room of a sports center! rem708
  • Score: 1

8:41pm Thu 23 Jan 14

BOOKERite says...

Just what Wycombe needs - yet another supermarket!
Just what Wycombe needs - yet another supermarket! BOOKERite
  • Score: -3

9:05pm Thu 23 Jan 14

michellepearce1 says...

Does this mean the park and ride is going to stop going through industrial park? BIG mistake!!!!
Does this mean the park and ride is going to stop going through industrial park? BIG mistake!!!! michellepearce1
  • Score: 6

10:13pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

I am all for development and new ventures into this town but if more road capacity is not sought, then we must all look forward to a town which will be gridlocked with traffic and prone to accidents and lot more pollution stood still in stationary traffic.
Just down the road to this planned development, after Marlow Hill, it will be all pedestrianised till the town centre. The Transport for Bucks still cannot find the fault with the flyover hence no future plans and rush hour traffic a total chaos around that area, a new bus route coming through Daws Hill Lane, pot holed ridden roads at every other foot... the question must arise that where will all this influx of traffic go?
I am glad that companies do want to come into High Wycombe to set up and provide employment opportunities and invest in the area with much needed regeneration so by no means I am criticising their plans. The WDC must also show even a shred of initiative or some sort of commitment to invite new businesses and attract them with an improved and suitable infrastructure that is all agreed by the residents via general consultation. I do not want to see the planning applications refused on the grounds that our town could not cope or support the new businesses because our road capacity is not sufficient enough ! (i don't mean more roads but a redesign) With a little surge in the economy and more localism being promoted by the government, this town has the best potential to be the be the town of the future with excellent links with the rest of UK and Europe by rail, airports and motorways. I am against the HS2 but after realising that the NO campaign is a lot cause, I insist that the Bucks County Council + WDC should stop wasting money on expensive and rigged court proceeding and appeals and instead improve the town's infrastructure in such sense that that it will be able to cope with or atleast reduce the impact of HS2 development. It will be much more beneficial to us all to urge the WDC to embrace change by changing with the time, instead of just letting more things forced upon the town, its resources and infrastructure. They should be making a constructive difference by planning for the change instead of getting involved in needless court processes.
I am all for development and new ventures into this town but if more road capacity is not sought, then we must all look forward to a town which will be gridlocked with traffic and prone to accidents and lot more pollution stood still in stationary traffic. Just down the road to this planned development, after Marlow Hill, it will be all pedestrianised till the town centre. The Transport for Bucks still cannot find the fault with the flyover hence no future plans and rush hour traffic a total chaos around that area, a new bus route coming through Daws Hill Lane, pot holed ridden roads at every other foot... the question must arise that where will all this influx of traffic go? I am glad that companies do want to come into High Wycombe to set up and provide employment opportunities and invest in the area with much needed regeneration so by no means I am criticising their plans. The WDC must also show even a shred of initiative or some sort of commitment to invite new businesses and attract them with an improved and suitable infrastructure that is all agreed by the residents via general consultation. I do not want to see the planning applications refused on the grounds that our town could not cope or support the new businesses because our road capacity is not sufficient enough ! (i don't mean more roads but a redesign) With a little surge in the economy and more localism being promoted by the government, this town has the best potential to be the be the town of the future with excellent links with the rest of UK and Europe by rail, airports and motorways. I am against the HS2 but after realising that the NO campaign is a lot cause, I insist that the Bucks County Council + WDC should stop wasting money on expensive and rigged court proceeding and appeals and instead improve the town's infrastructure in such sense that that it will be able to cope with or atleast reduce the impact of HS2 development. It will be much more beneficial to us all to urge the WDC to embrace change by changing with the time, instead of just letting more things forced upon the town, its resources and infrastructure. They should be making a constructive difference by planning for the change instead of getting involved in needless court processes. Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: 10

8:49am Fri 24 Jan 14

thethe says...

It's the town centre that needs investment and regeneration. This won't help
It's the town centre that needs investment and regeneration. This won't help thethe
  • Score: 9

8:56am Fri 24 Jan 14

Robert.M says...

Yet another superstore that isn't needed, what is needed is affordable entertainment for Wycombe`s youth, somewhere they can go at an affordable price to help keep them off of the streets and keep them out of trouble.
We do not need another supermarket.
Yet another superstore that isn't needed, what is needed is affordable entertainment for Wycombe`s youth, somewhere they can go at an affordable price to help keep them off of the streets and keep them out of trouble. We do not need another supermarket. Robert.M
  • Score: 8

12:00pm Fri 24 Jan 14

PDplum says...

if there wasn't demand there would not be supply.
if there wasn't demand there would not be supply. PDplum
  • Score: -2

12:25pm Fri 24 Jan 14

thethe says...

PDplum wrote:
if there wasn't demand there would not be supply.
or perhaps more a case of "build it and they will come"
[quote][p][bold]PDplum[/bold] wrote: if there wasn't demand there would not be supply.[/p][/quote]or perhaps more a case of "build it and they will come" thethe
  • Score: 6

3:16pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Mr Loose Cannon says...

How will the traffic get in and out of new supermarket? Jams today, worse jams tomorrow. Wycombe deserves better than this.
What's this campaign I hear about calling for a review of traffic plans? www.dhnf.com
How will the traffic get in and out of new supermarket? Jams today, worse jams tomorrow. Wycombe deserves better than this. What's this campaign I hear about calling for a review of traffic plans? www.dhnf.com Mr Loose Cannon
  • Score: 3

9:56pm Sun 26 Jan 14

aftab-7866@hotmail.co.uk says...

anyone know how i can apply for some jobs
anyone know how i can apply for some jobs aftab-7866@hotmail.co.uk
  • Score: -1

9:57pm Sun 26 Jan 14

aftab-7866@hotmail.co.uk says...

Anyone know how i can apply at some jobs for the new store opening
Anyone know how i can apply at some jobs for the new store opening aftab-7866@hotmail.co.uk
  • Score: -2

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