Work begins on new Morrisons store at Windermere

THE newest supermarket to arrive in the Lake District is starting to take shape – but not without criticisms.

Contractors on behalf of Morrisons are now working inside the former Style Trading premises on Main Road, Windermere, while a recruitment drive for new sales assistants has been launched.

At a Lake District National Park Authority planning meeting members agreed to a number of alterations for the new store – but faced several general letters of objection to the new development.

Against the wishes of some objectors, the retailer has not been subject to the usual comprehensive plan-ning process that can take place when a new supermarket arrives.

Instead, the takeover of the building by the supermarket chain is being treated as merely alterations to existing planning consent for the building, which was first granted in 1994.

This point was made by officials in papers before members, which said: “Some letters (of objection) query the status of the application suggesting that we need to consider the full implications of the development rather than just treating it as alterations.”

Windermere Town Council has campaigned for shopping trolleys to be kept inside the store rather than outside as they believe it would detract from the street’s status in a Conservation Area.

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Windermere and Bowness Civic Society also wrote to the authority with concerns about potential opening hours of 6am to 11pm, which they regard as ‘unneighbourly’.

One objector also believed that the supermarket – a third for the town including the Co-operative and Booths – could combine to squeeze small traders, while another felt ‘a brand such as Morrisons’ was totally out of keeping with the area’.

Other concerns have been expressed about floodlights and the impact of supermarket traffic on the town’s one-way system.

However, planners said they could only consider issues that were material to the application.

The report said: ”On the basis that the proposed use of the premises will comply with the existing permission and its conditions, we can only consider the proposals applied for.

“The issues of access, deliveries, hours of opening and the effect of a new supermarket store of this size, are not therefore, material to our determination of this application.”

The application was granted with conditions – and it was said that Morrisons had agreed not to put a trolley park at the front of the building.

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5:39pm Tue 13 Nov 12

zaney5 says...

Whats next? A couple of betting office chains? How about a couple of pound shops too and then Windermere can be like every other charmless town centre.
Whats next? A couple of betting office chains? How about a couple of pound shops too and then Windermere can be like every other charmless town centre. zaney5
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6:16pm Tue 13 Nov 12

cumbrian1 says...

To all the people who are moaning about the store I will no doubt see you in there picking up your bog offs!!
Remember when Booths came and people said it would effect small traders like the butchers but both butchers are still going.
To all the people who are moaning about the store I will no doubt see you in there picking up your bog offs!! Remember when Booths came and people said it would effect small traders like the butchers but both butchers are still going. cumbrian1
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7:07pm Tue 13 Nov 12

LADY TILLY WINDERMERE says...

I really cant unstand why we need a Morrisons express in Windermere, We have Booths ,Windermere wine , Coop, 2 butchers , bakery , a petrol station with a very handy shop , 2 flower shops , a newsagents to name but a few shops , I really cant understand why Morrison feel the need to come to Windermere,. We also have a general stores on the estate, and a Tesco Express, Co op, a butchers, bargain booze and flower shop and many more in Bowness. I am sorry to say but I have shopped in Morrison in Kendal once this year as I really dont like the store , I would rather shop in Booths Windermere were I know the quality of the food is off a higher standard and I use my local butchers and support othere local buinesses too . So I am afraid to say it will be a total white elephant to me maybe if it was a Booths express or Marks and spencer express , I would use it all the time !! .
Unfortunately I feel sorry for the new Local couple who have recently purchase the petrol station next door to the new Morrisons They bought it before Morrison took over Style Trading Store, I belive they are been Bullied !!!! by the super market chain who are making their life impossible by all the building work which is been undertaken at the site and all the construction traffic which is crossing their free hold petrol forecourt at this time , and when the super market opens it will cause more headaches with traffic trying to get in and out of the supermarket carpark which has access across Main Road petrol station forecourt , I belive the Super market giants want the local Petrol station to take fuel deliveries at the time it suits Morrisons not when it suits the owners of the petrol station, I belive they are been bullies to the LOCAL couple who own the fuel station and live in the Village , But dont worry the Lady of the petrol station is a fiesty person and will not bow down to the Supermarket SHARKS . I really cant waite to see the gridlock of the traffic in the main road and cresent road due to people parking to run in to Morrisons as it is a night mare down Bowness outside Tesco's with cars parking in loading bay. I think the highways and planning board need to relook at the traffic situation and how they will cope with gridlock at peak times in a one way street. think it may be too late now Morrison is due to open in 4 weeks time!!!
I really cant unstand why we need a Morrisons express in Windermere, We have Booths ,Windermere wine , Coop, 2 butchers , bakery , a petrol station with a very handy shop , 2 flower shops , a newsagents to name but a few shops , I really cant understand why Morrison feel the need to come to Windermere,. We also have a general stores on the estate, and a Tesco Express, Co op, a butchers, bargain booze and flower shop and many more in Bowness. I am sorry to say but I have shopped in Morrison in Kendal once this year as I really dont like the store , I would rather shop in Booths Windermere were I know the quality of the food is off a higher standard and I use my local butchers and support othere local buinesses too . So I am afraid to say it will be a total white elephant to me maybe if it was a Booths express or Marks and spencer express , I would use it all the time !! . Unfortunately I feel sorry for the new Local couple who have recently purchase the petrol station next door to the new Morrisons They bought it before Morrison took over Style Trading Store, I belive they are been Bullied !!!! by the super market chain who are making their life impossible by all the building work which is been undertaken at the site and all the construction traffic which is crossing their free hold petrol forecourt at this time , and when the super market opens it will cause more headaches with traffic trying to get in and out of the supermarket carpark which has access across Main Road petrol station forecourt , I belive the Super market giants want the local Petrol station to take fuel deliveries at the time it suits Morrisons not when it suits the owners of the petrol station, I belive they are been bullies to the LOCAL couple who own the fuel station and live in the Village , But dont worry the Lady of the petrol station is a fiesty person and will not bow down to the Supermarket SHARKS . I really cant waite to see the gridlock of the traffic in the main road and cresent road due to people parking to run in to Morrisons as it is a night mare down Bowness outside Tesco's with cars parking in loading bay. I think the highways and planning board need to relook at the traffic situation and how they will cope with gridlock at peak times in a one way street. think it may be too late now Morrison is due to open in 4 weeks time!!! LADY TILLY WINDERMERE
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7:15pm Tue 13 Nov 12

LADY TILLY WINDERMERE says...

cumbrian1 wrote:
To all the people who are moaning about the store I will no doubt see you in there picking up your bog offs!!
Remember when Booths came and people said it would effect small traders like the butchers but both butchers are still going.
Sorry I wont be seen in Morrison !!! as I have used Morrison once this year and that is because I took an old lady shopping there as I offered to help her do her shopping after her operation and she wanted to go to Morrison not by choice I was in there so I wont be in the new M local as it will be called !! .
And the local butchers are worried about the impact of anothere supermarket arriving on their door steps.!!
[quote][p][bold]cumbrian1[/bold] wrote: To all the people who are moaning about the store I will no doubt see you in there picking up your bog offs!! Remember when Booths came and people said it would effect small traders like the butchers but both butchers are still going.[/p][/quote]Sorry I wont be seen in Morrison !!! as I have used Morrison once this year and that is because I took an old lady shopping there as I offered to help her do her shopping after her operation and she wanted to go to Morrison not by choice I was in there so I wont be in the new M local as it will be called !! . And the local butchers are worried about the impact of anothere supermarket arriving on their door steps.!! LADY TILLY WINDERMERE
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12:13am Wed 14 Nov 12

lakesailor says...

"So I am afraid to say it will be a total white elephant to me maybe if it was a Booths express or Marks and spencer express , I would use it all the time !! ."

So it's a value choice you are making against Morrison's and not based on the benefits of a new store and employer.

We must try and get the planners to consult you on your personal preferences in the future.
"So I am afraid to say it will be a total white elephant to me maybe if it was a Booths express or Marks and spencer express , I would use it all the time !! ." So it's a value choice you are making against Morrison's and not based on the benefits of a new store and employer. We must try and get the planners to consult you on your personal preferences in the future. lakesailor
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1:19am Wed 14 Nov 12

snuggle-bunny says...

well done morrisons for bringing windermere into the 21st century
well done morrisons for bringing windermere into the 21st century snuggle-bunny
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12:46pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Lakeuk says...

Class system of the supermarket world.

M Local will do ok, they would of researched their market, other businesses will be wise to adjust and offer lines that national chains can't do
Class system of the supermarket world. M Local will do ok, they would of researched their market, other businesses will be wise to adjust and offer lines that national chains can't do Lakeuk
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6:20pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Pringle1982 says...

"We need more houses, shops and jobs!!!!

But we don't want them here!!!!"

It's one or t'other. People want it all ways all the time. Obviously there's a demand for the store otherwise they wouldn't bother. Let's just be happy there's not another empty shop sitting there.
"We need more houses, shops and jobs!!!! But we don't want them here!!!!" It's one or t'other. People want it all ways all the time. Obviously there's a demand for the store otherwise they wouldn't bother. Let's just be happy there's not another empty shop sitting there. Pringle1982
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4:43pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Adam_Kendal says...

I lived in Windermere for years and I would have loved a Morrisons, ASDA or Tesco for that matter.

Yes there is Booths and Co-Op, but their prices are extortionate! I used to have to drive to Kendal to do my shopping, usually in Morrisons, which still worked out cheaper compared to doing the same shop in Booths.

I bet the majority of the people complaining are those that are more well-off, who can afford the expensive local butchers, expensive local florists, expensive bakery and expensive Booths.
I lived in Windermere for years and I would have loved a Morrisons, ASDA or Tesco for that matter. Yes there is Booths and Co-Op, but their prices are extortionate! I used to have to drive to Kendal to do my shopping, usually in Morrisons, which still worked out cheaper compared to doing the same shop in Booths. I bet the majority of the people complaining are those that are more well-off, who can afford the expensive local butchers, expensive local florists, expensive bakery and expensive Booths. Adam_Kendal
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12:34pm Fri 16 Nov 12

KingofGrasmere says...

Build more Tesco's and Morrisons in the Lake District, after all we want to preserve our distinct identity. Lets have a drive through one at Brockhole - maybe a Sainsbury's would be good there. I think a Asda would be great on Grasmere Island - the geese need local convenience too. And I think we should aim to have one at the top of Sca Fell Pike, it would then be convenient for walkers to buy sandwiches and lunch box items - plus green transport via walking! BUILD MORE CHAIN SUPERMARKETS WE NEED THEM.
Build more Tesco's and Morrisons in the Lake District, after all we want to preserve our distinct identity. Lets have a drive through one at Brockhole - maybe a Sainsbury's would be good there. I think a Asda would be great on Grasmere Island - the geese need local convenience too. And I think we should aim to have one at the top of Sca Fell Pike, it would then be convenient for walkers to buy sandwiches and lunch box items - plus green transport via walking! BUILD MORE CHAIN SUPERMARKETS WE NEED THEM. KingofGrasmere
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12:13am Sat 17 Nov 12

life cycle too says...

The COOP only recently returned to Windermere when they took over Walter Willsons chain.
They had previously abandoned Windermere, where they had occupied the present BOOTS premises.

Interestingly the COOP and BOOTS are both national chains like the one presently engaged in occupying premises in Windermere!

I don't see anything wrong in a company wishing to trade in Windermere, but the access in and out of the car park is entirely unsuitable, and the National Park Authority should have paid more attention to this aspect.

At the rear of this site is a long established local business that supplies catering establishments all around the area - that has grown to the extent that it is too big for the site - and would be better sited outside of Windermere.
Now the LDNPA have seen fit to add to the woes of the residents of College Road when they had a chance to prevent it.
McClures would no doubt welcome the opportunity to move elsewhere - if the LDNPA were far thinking enough to allow an out of town site somewhere!

So it is not fair to abuse Morrisons for wishing to open a store - ANY business could have had the same opportunity, but it IS fair to say they are wrong to occupy THIS site, and that the LDNPA should have done more to guide them away, or limit the car park use.
The COOP only recently returned to Windermere when they took over Walter Willsons chain. They had previously abandoned Windermere, where they had occupied the present BOOTS premises. Interestingly the COOP and BOOTS are both national chains like the one presently engaged in occupying premises in Windermere! I don't see anything wrong in a company wishing to trade in Windermere, but the access in and out of the car park is entirely unsuitable, and the National Park Authority should have paid more attention to this aspect. At the rear of this site is a long established local business that supplies catering establishments all around the area - that has grown to the extent that it is too big for the site - and would be better sited outside of Windermere. Now the LDNPA have seen fit to add to the woes of the residents of College Road when they had a chance to prevent it. McClures would no doubt welcome the opportunity to move elsewhere - if the LDNPA were far thinking enough to allow an out of town site somewhere! So it is not fair to abuse Morrisons for wishing to open a store - ANY business could have had the same opportunity, but it IS fair to say they are wrong to occupy THIS site, and that the LDNPA should have done more to guide them away, or limit the car park use. life cycle too
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9:35am Sun 18 Nov 12

mailman1964 says...

about time windermere got 21st century , a very small village without any shops, is middle ages stuff.
clearly though some like living in that time -they suffer from "Prosophobia" i believe.
about time windermere got 21st century , a very small village without any shops, is middle ages stuff. clearly though some like living in that time -they suffer from "Prosophobia" i believe. mailman1964
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