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Decision on Next Home store plan postponed
PLANS for a contentious Next Home store on the current Cressex park-and-ride scheme will be debated by council chiefs next month.
Wycombe District Council’s Planning Committee was expected to mull over the proposals at Wednesday’s meeting but it has been postponed until April’s meeting.
Next has submitted an application for a two-storey home and garden centre on the existing park-and-ride in Crest Road, High Wycombe.
The development would have 4,636 square meters of retail space and a cafe area. Next would also lay on a bus service into the town centre.
But any build could not go ahead until the park-and-ride has been relocated – which is expected to join the new Wycombe Sports Centre, a hotel and offices at Handy Cross.
Objections have been raised by the Eden shopping centre and House of Fraser, who fear the mooted store would keep shoppers away from the town centre.
The High Wycombe Society and Chiltern Society have raised concerns about transport and the store’s design in keeping with the rest of the area.
And National Grid is also against the proposals, as it believes Cressex is not suitable for retail development and the former gasworks site in Lily’s Walk – which it owns and plans to develop – would be a better location.
Next says the available land at the old gasworks is not large enough for its dedicated home branch and the retailer would not be able to retain its existing clothing outlet in Eden if it built a new store in Lily’s Walk.
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