Derelict oil depot plan could see jobs for 1,000 – but no cinema
REVISED plans for a major development for a derelict oil depot off Colwick Loop Road in Netherfield could create up to 1,000 new jobs.
Sheffield-based developers City Estates had previously consulted people on plans to build a cinema, shops, offices, a hotel and a health and fitness centre at the site.
Now the company has taken a significant step forward with the scheme possibly including a new 83,500sq ft Sainsbury's with a petrol station and 800-space car park, a Marston's pub, a drive-through restaurant, and a business area on Colwick Industrial Estate across the road.
Amanda Stokes, 42, of Netherfield, said: "New jobs would be great, as long as they are for people from the local area.
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"But I'm disappointed they are not going to go ahead with the cinema because that was something we don't have on this side of the city. And I liked the idea of a gym too."
Mrs Stokes did not think another major supermarket was needed in the area with the Morrisons at Victoria Retail Park and Tesco in Carlton.
"I don't know if people would use the Sainsbury's, especially because there are a lot of low-income families in Netherfield and Sainsbury's isn't the cheapest supermarket," she added.
Kaye Brennan, 37, of Colwick, chairman of the Netherfield Eco Action Team, welcomed plans for sustainable transport.
But she added: "I would rather see Colwick Country Park extended than the nearby Victoria Retail Park.
"If we're not going to create some green space for the people of Netherfield and Colwick, which we desperately need, I think we should build something that is useful for the community, like a medical centre or a training space.
"We need something that will give people the opportunity to learn life-long skills.
"I don't know how useful a big supermarket is if another big one is just down the road."
Nicola Murphy, who runs It's Inn The Bank in Victoria Road, in Netherfield, welcomed the creation of new jobs.
She added: "Anything that will bring employment and boost footfall is welcome."
The plans were announced yesterday just days after Northern Trust Company Ltd revealed proposals for 800 new homes in Teal Close, Netherfield, as part of a £96m project creating 430 new jobs.
Meredith Lawrence, councillor for Netherfield and Colwick on Gedling Borough Council, said: "Anything that brings employment opportunities is welcome. But I am disappointed there are no plans for a hotel anymore.
"We need a hotel on that side of the city, because of the train station nearby."
A spokesman for City Estates said it was sending out 5,000 leaflets to residents in the area for people to give their views. It hopes to submit a formal planning application in the summer.
Managing director Dale Fixter said: "We are delighted to unveil this development which will bring back to life a derelict site, boost the local economy with the creation of up to 1,000 new jobs and attract further investment into the area."
Robert Oxley, regional development executive for Sainsbury's, said: "Our proposals will not only rejuvenate the area but bring more consumer choice and a better food offer for local residents."
The company said it would not comment on the cost of the project.
Residents can view the plans and give feedback at consultation events at the St George's Centre on Friday, March 15, between 1pm and 7pm, and on Saturday, March 16, between 10.30am and 2pm.
Those unable to attend the exhibition will be able to view the plans online from Monday, March 18, at www.colwickloop-regeneration.co.uk.
For more information, call Tess Randles on Sainsbury's freephone on 0800 975 5299.