PLANS for a Costco-style warehouse club that might never happen have been approved for a site at Eastern Avenue.
The warehouse club plans for the former Interbrew site have left councillors and planners baffled because Costco have reiterated that they have no intention of coming to Gloucester.
The application by Javelin Properties Ltd was approved by city councillors on Tuesday but a spokesman representing the company admitted there was no confirmed occupant.
A planned restaurant next to the cash-and-carry style development was removed at the eleventh hour as it had become a bone of contention with planners.
Costco’s director of international real estate Nick Deeks also confirmed again that they would not come to Gloucester.
He said: “As previously highlighted, Costco currently do not have an interest in Gloucester.
“Costco have no interest in this site and have not had any detailed discussions with the applicant.
“I find it a little surprising that the authority can consider an application of this nature without a named operator.”
Councillors remained convinced that the scheme could have a positive impact on Eastern Avenue if it did go ahead. They voted the planning application through.
Speaking enthusiastically about the plans as a Costco customer herself, councillor Lise Noakes (C, Barnwood) said: “I was delighted to see this application come in but quite sad to see the restaurant withdrawn. Barnwood only has one restaurant at the moment.
“I know that Costco say that it isn’t them but I have been a member with them for eight years and I know how they work. They are an extremely high quality retailer. We are not looking at some shabby warehouse.
“They would bring in an awful lot of people to this city so I think it is absolutely fantastic.”
Councillor Mark Hobbs (L, Moreland) added: “This would lead to a positive regeneration of Eastern Avenue. I hope it will have a similar effect as The Range has had further up the road.”
A spokesman representing Javelin Properties said: “This is an important and major development. This is a serious proposal and we intend to deliver it.”