Screwfix looking for planning permission for store bid in Chatteris
An out-of-town site could become home to a new branch of Screwfix Direct if planners grant a change of use application for a current retail unit.
Screwfix, the country's largest multi channel retailer of trade tools, accessories and hardware products, wants permission to convert a unit adjoining Jack's supermarket off Fenland Way in Chatteris, and has submitted an application to turn it from retail into mixed use retail and distribution.
In a covering letter the firm's agent explains the change would see the creation of 12 jobs, four of them full-time.
The letter also argues: "Screwfix Direct would make a positive contribution to the commercial and community life of the area providing essential trade counter sales to local businesses including plumbers, electricians, builders and facilities departments of larger organisations.
"The proposed change of use would make appropriate use of an existing building within a sustainable location. It will provide benefits to the local economy while meeting the sustainability objectives and will not be to the detriment of the environment or the amenities of the area."
The letter also asserts there is no planning policies within the local plan that "specifically seek to resist the loss of retail use in out-of-centre locations. Due to the flexible planning permission the A1 shops' use would be retained for at least a 10 year period allowing any future occupiers the possibility of operating under class A1 use without the need for planning permission".
The proposals will see a few external alterations including the front doors and windows being obscured with vinyl in the Screwfix colours, and an existing single fire door will be replaced with a steel double fire door to the side.
The agent's letter also explains the premises will operate seven days a week including Bank Holidays, and will be open 7am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 7am to 6pm on Saturdays and 9am to 4pm on Sundays. There will be three HGV deliveries a week.
There has been only one letter from the public consultation and that was in support of the plan with the respondent Shane Moulton saying: "This would be great for Chatteris, we need more here."