Plans for a new B&M store at Beverley retail park in Hull

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 21 Apr 2017

Discount retailer B&M has plans to open a new store at a Beverley retail park, creating 20 jobs.

The new store would be added to a parade of shops at the Victoria Retail Park, where Morrisons is also based. Discount chains Poundstretcher and Poundland already operate from the terrace of stores at the site, along with Halfords.

Plans have been lodged with East Riding Council by NewRiver Retail (Ramsay Investments) Ltd, which is lining up big brand retailer B&M as the occupier for the new store.

Councillor Kerri Harold has to say about the B&M plans for Beverley

The council has been told there are no units of a suitable scale in the town centre, or at the new Flemingate centre, for the planned 13,000 sq ft premises.

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‚ÄčB&M, which sells bulky goods such furniture, gardening products, household goods and DIY, operates from warehouse-style units with big car parks.

Ward Councillor Kerri Harold says: "B&M is very different to what we already have in Beverley so it means people would have more choice, it's something different for the town.

"People who shop at this retail park just want to be able to park on site, they don't want to walk anywhere. These shoppers would probably drive to Hull if they couldn't get what they wanted in Beverley.

"I can't see it having a detrimental effect on any of our shopping areas. If it also brings 20 jobs that's great."

Planning consultant NJL Consulting has told the council the impact on the town centre, where turnover is estimated at £219.5m including Flemingate, would be "negligible and will not impact on vitality or viability".

They also suggest it would not have a significant adverse impact on the £70m new Flemingate shopping centre.

NJL Consulting says in the planning application: "It represents an opportunity to claw back expenditure that is currently spent in larger settlements such as Hull and York, which have a more comprehensive retail offer.

"Moreover, predicted retail capacity growth and planned housing growth in Beverley will result in significant increases in available expenditure which more than exceed the turnover of the proposed unit."

The development would mean the loss of 62 parking spaces at the 700-space retail park but the consultants say this would have no overall effect on the operation of the car park.

A planning application for an additional store at the retail park was approved in 2014. This latest proposal is for a "larger footprint" at the previously approved site.

The council has been told the site could be developed immediately and it would be "extremely possible" to have the proposed store trading within 12 months.

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