Asda wants to build a 36,665 sq ft supermarket at Dudbridge. Its representatives made a presentation to some members of the council.
Councillor Kevin Cranston, chair of Stroud Town Council’s consultation committee, said he felt the development would detract from rather than enhance the life of residents.
The development is expected to create 250 jobs. “We don’t know how many of those will be full-time or part-time, or how many jobs will be lost in the town as a result as of this store,” said Councillor Cranston.
“Asda would create 344 free car parking spaces, that’s what our town centre is up against. We are also concerned about the impact of traffic on Bath Road.
“We don’t feel that the development would bring anything of benefit to the town. We would prefer to see the site used for housing if it can’t be used for employment purposes.”
Asda is expected to submit a planning application to Stroud District Council.
The Stroud Against Supermarket Saturation campaign are trying to get a large petition together as well as putting in their objections to the plans once they are presented to the District Council. For more informaion go to sasscampaign.wordpress.com.