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Waitrose announces plans for Torrington supermarket

11:07 28 January 2014

A picture montage of how the proposed new Waitrose store might appear in Torrington as viewed from Taddiport.

A picture montage of how the proposed new Waitrose store might appear in Torrington as viewed from Taddiport.


Multi million pound proposal will create 150 jobs if plans for 18,000 square foot store are approved.

WAITROSE has today (Tuesday) announced multi million pound plans for a new supermarket in Great Torrington.

The proposal involves revitalising The Sydney House Car Park off South Street and the neighbouring derelict market garden with a new store the company says will create up to 150 new jobs.

The company said it had brought plans for the 18,000 square foot store forward after a Torridge District Council report in 2012 said 85 per cent of the town’s food expenditure was going to out of town supermarkets.

It hopes to lodge a planning application in the spring, with work to start next year if successful and the store opening in 2016.

Waitrose and developer Kimberley are inviting local people to view and discuss the plans at a public exhibition in The Plough Arts Centre on Friday of next week (February 7) from 10am-7pm. Representatives from Waitrose and the project team will be on hand to answer questions and listen to feedback.

The store proposals make provision for around 220 parking spaces. Sydney House car park, which is currently owned by the district council, will continue to be made available as a town centre facility. The market garden is owned privately and has remained unused for many years.

“Waitrose has a long-standing ambition to open a shop in the area and believe the plans brought forward by Kimberley offer an exciting opportunity to deliver a quality food store with appropriate parking in order to meet the identified need,” said Waitrose director of development, Nigel Keen.

“The proposal will allow us to replace the existing car park and derelict land with a fresh new building which can provide more retail choice for local residents, help attract shoppers to the town centre and will create a significant number of job opportunities.”

Thousands of newsletters are to be delivered to residents telling them about the plans and inviting them to the public exhibition. The plans can be viewed online from tomorrow (Wednesday) at or by clicking here.


  • I welcome Waitrose providing a great benefit to the Town but not in the sensitive Sidney House location. The enjoyment of the beautiful view from this location would be badly affected by siting a supermaket there. As others have commented there must be other suitable alternative locations in Torrington.

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    andrew moodyplans

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • The 150 pert time will reduce to half that amount once the store is set up. They sell everything so expenditure will still not go to the local shops - it will just go to Waitrose. They give free coffee to card holders so watch out The Plough, Browns, Green Lantern, Taylors and 1646 coffee shops, they give away free nwspapers so watch out Crawfords, they sell a good range of cakes, pasties and bread so watch out Sandfords and poor Green Lantern again, and they sell a range of meats so watch out Wares and Steve Gladwin and they sell lots of fruit and veg and flowers so watch out Xandadu and Fresh and Fruity. Do you really think people will come into town when they can do a one stop shop in Waitrose? This town will become a ghost town. They also plan a internet shopping distribution centre, so shoppers don't need to come to Torrington to shop either, they will just deliver to the customers doorstep. Very sad news that an area of outstanding beauty will be spoilt with a supermarket when there is a suitable site oposite the swimming pool. The carpark is used for fire training, Silver band practise, Boxing club training, skateboarding and roller skating and in the summer people sit with their picnics and take in the views. There is also the bats which will be disorientated with the lights from the store and car park, the badgers who use that land and the birds who nest in and around this area. This is in a conservation area and should not be allowed to go ahead.

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    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

  • Site only 'derelict' following grubbing out of trees hedges in Conservation Area by Kimberley last March. 150 jobs - not full time 85% of food expenditure will still not go to the local shops - it will just go to Waitrose. Also planned as an internet shopping distribution centre, so shoppers don't need to come to Torrington to shop!

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    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Where will workers for the store park? They will be forced to park on the back streets so residents will lose their current parking spaces. Large delivery lorries in the centre of town is an accident waiting to happen. Lorries regularly mount the kerb putting kids and other pedestrians' lives in danger. Will the Councillors have the sense to realise this is the wrong site for many reasons?

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    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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