Second Home Bargains set to open in Stevenage
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Plans to open a new Home Bargains store took a step forward after a change in use request was granted.
Stevenage Borough Council’s (SBC) planning and development committee met on Wednesday to consider an application from the bargain retail chain.
The store, which has taken over the former Comet premises next to Mothercare on the Monkswood Retail Park, plans to open a store within the next year.
However they needed SBC to grant a change in use allowing food and fashion products to be sold on the premises before moving forward.
Cllr Jim Brown questioned how the decision might affect other stores on the retail park. He said: “If we grant this request, we will be setting a prescedent. Once that has been done, what is there to stop a string of pizza chains demanding the same thing and flooding the park?”
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Planning case officer James Chettleburgh said Home Bargains were under no obligation to undertake any impact assessments upon moving in. He also said they intend to take out a 15 year lease on the property - providing approximately 50 jobs to the area.
The store will be the chain’s second in Stevenage alongside their shop in the town centre which will continue trading simultaneously.
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The new store is expected to open within the next 12 months.