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Home Bargains plan for Peel Centre thrown out as top guns from developers Peel and Stanhope go head-to-head

By citizenmike  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

The Peel Centre

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City developers Peel and Stanhope have gone head-to-head in a battle to open a new Home Bargains store at the Peel Centre.

The plans were refused by a majority of city councillors despite a chorus of support for them.

Peel, owners of Gloucester Quays, want to open the discount retailer in an empty unit at the ailing site, home to the former Cineworld cinema.

King’s Quarter developers Stanhope sent in top gun Martyn Chase to a meeting of councillors tonight to try to put a stop to the plan.

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Mr Chase said sites like this are ‘quite frankly the killer of town centres’. He added: “On paper this looks like just one shop and might not be hugely significant. But for us with a £50million investment plan it is a massive issue. Allow one of these and you open the door to any number of others.”

VIDEO: Stanhope boss Martyn Chase slams Home Bargains plan from rival developers Peel

Planners say the plans should be refused because it could take away potential business from the proposed King’s Quarter.

But councillors rallied around with support for the Home Bargains plans.

Councillor Lise Noakes said: “I don’t want to see this sort of shop in our city centre. We want the likes of Next and Monsoon at King’s Quarter. If you have King’s Quarter looking like this we will be a laughing stock and we will have failed.”

Councillor Mary Smith said: “This has been a difficult one and it has caused me great angst but at the end of the day King’s Quarter has been hanging around for a long time and nothing has happened. People are sceptical about it.”

But councillor Jeremy Hilton reiterated his claim that the Peel application would be a ‘Trojan horse’ set out to destroy the city centre. Mr Hilton, who led calls for the plan to be refused, said: “It is important that we do not undermine the King’s Quarter development.”

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  • Thomasjamesl1  |  February 05 2014, 8:46PM

    sack the planners and get someone more progressive in who can sort stanhope out

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  • Thomasjamesl1  |  February 05 2014, 8:42PM

    martin chase £50m investment - where is it get on with it please or go back to the big city and get a developer who will get on with the project objecting to B&M is ridiculous - they are not suitable for the city centre - so why object - its a distraction from the real issue kings square isnt ever going to get off the starting blocks in the meantime lets continue to stop progress elsewhere around gloucester - lets just wait and wait and wait and wait until these short sighted councillors realise they have backed the wrong horse meanwhile the place decays in front of their eyes

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  • bigtony1952  |  February 05 2014, 10:32AM

    Did I not read sometime last year that Peel were going to knock down and rebuild ALL those outdated units on the old cinema site? Why then debate fot Home Bargains at this time.

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  • Rexey  |  February 05 2014, 8:56AM

    Gloucester needs a theatre to save travelling to Cheltenham. The old cinema is an ideal building for conversion

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  • aarontuckwell  |  February 05 2014, 12:29AM

    Ahhh yes. The Kings Quarter Development.... The St Annes Link Bridge of 2014 (in the sense that it'll take 24 years to complete)

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  • spindles12  |  February 04 2014, 11:08PM

    King's Quarter? King's Quarter? Ah yes, it's that thing they keep talking about but no one sees any evidence of, a bit like UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster and fairies. Are all "out of town" planning applications going to be turned down in case they jeopardise the success of this all talk and no action development? It looks like it will be years, if at all, before any shops in King's Quarter are likely to be affected by a Home Bargains store so why don't the Council just give permission for the shop which will at least fill an empty void at the Peel Centre?

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  • thestig2  |  February 04 2014, 10:05PM

    An empty store is so much better for future. What sort muppets run the council. Stores like what and b&m got planning why not this one, demand for this store is great which why council are scared.

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  • jas37  |  February 04 2014, 9:50PM

    This seems an odd situation, the City Council have effectively stated they don't want Home Bargains opening in Gloucester. They clearly aren't suitable for either the old M&S unit or the King's Quarter development. The Council gave planning permission for a huge Tesco, additional retail units and Macdonald's at St Oswald's that would potentially inflict considerable damage to the City Centre but not for a Home Bargains at the Peel Centre. Could it perhaps be due to the fact that Tesco paid the Council several £ millions for the St Oswald's site?

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  • Richardburton  |  February 04 2014, 9:16PM

    We have a lot of unemployed people who would get a job at this store and people would shop there so keeping some money in Gloucester.... But we little people have to have the stores these councillors want us to have after they think they were elected to talk about jobs rather than making sure there are compaines who want to come here and bring jobs! I wonder what they are expecting to be put in the place of this store.... Harrods!!! On about pretend snobby,christ they do know they live in Gloucester?! We need jobs, shops are closed/closing in Gloucester or don't they know!

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