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New Sainsbury Store at Former McMullen’s Brewery, Hertford

The Issue: Sainsbury wishes to redevelop the former McMullen's brewery in Hertford into a supermarket. The planning application for the site was agreed in February 2009 by Councillors of East Herts District Council.

The Secretary of State is holding a public enquiry later this month to assess the consequences of an additional supermarket in Hertford, such as its impact on transport and local businesses. The investigation will also examine whether the development will preserve the McMullen's Grade II listed building's unique historical and architectural features.

The public enquiry begins on the 22nd September 2009.

The Facts: The new supermarket will contain 2,328 square meters of net retail space.

It will also have 232 new car parking spaces that can be used by both customers and visitors to the town.

The development will include a new bridge linking the supermarket to Hertford town centre and also developing a path along the River Lea.

The new site will also contain a café and will have 50 new cycling parking spaces. The supermarket will also provide a home delivery service.

The Cases For: The proposed supermarket will be a boost to Hertford's economy and create hundreds of new jobs for the town.

Sainsbury argue that the development will preserve the Grade II listed building and the new bridge will link the new supermarket to the town centre. They also argue that the McMullen's site has been redundant for a long time and any development will have an effect on congestion.

Increase healthy and retail competition in Hertford.

St Andrew Street Traders' Association and East Herts District Council both support the Sainsbury development.

Supermarket expansion has not occurred in Hertford for several decades. The last supermarket development was the expansion of the Tesco store on Ware Road in 1987.

The Cases Against: Herts County Council, Tesco and Hertford Civic Society are firmly against the McMullen's development.

Herts County Council argues that the current plans will not support the increase of congestion in local roads. They also criticise Sainsbury's for not providing adequate sustainable transport. The Council believes that the development will cause unacceptable high levels of congestion, which will be detrimental to public health.

Hertford Civic Society does not believe that the Supermarket is necessary; there are several supermarkets in the county town, along with numerous cafés. They also argue that the supermarket will draw trade away from the town centre and this will have a negative effect on local retailers.

Tesco are against the new supermarket as they believe that Sainsbury's has overestimated the catchment area and also have concerns over congestion in the area.

Have your Say: The Public Inquiry into the Sainsbury development starts on the 22nd September and is expected to last for 6-8 working days. You can find our more about the meeting on the East Herts District Council website.

We would love to hear your views on Supermarket expansion in East Herts, please submit your views below.

20/09/2009 - 22:51 by Reg Webb

The new store is not needed for a number of reasons:

1) The town is already well served by two major stores, Tesco's and Waitrose. 2) A new store located directly in the main town centre will kill off most of the remaining small businesses. Most of these appear to be struggling as it is and the effect of a new store wil effectively make it a ghost town. 3) Traffic will increase, which is not needed in the town.

05/10/2009 - 01:35 by Anonymous

I realy hope that the the building does not go from this site. It is full of history, and plays a massive part of Hertford and McMullens. I also think that the amount of traffic is bad enough at old cross as it is, how will the area cope with a large supermaket here aswell. Hertford is gridlock at 4.30-6.30pm.

I hope that the planners of the store, can use the exsiting tower and building in the design of the new store.

04/12/2009 - 18:14 by Alex Simpson

I am trying to save Hertford's Prime Industrial Building.

04/12/2009 - 18:17 by Alex Simpson

I am trying to save Hertford's prime location and McMullen's old Brewery this beng a Industrial location and building of Grade II and hopefully get Sainsbury's to join a new idea for the internal development of the building - this being in relation to Art and Exhibition Space.

22/06/2010 - 16:56 by Anonymous

I think the competition for Tesco would be healthy, and also the carparking facilities, however, a cafe is certainly not needed and this would surely kill off many of our local and well deserving traders. The traffic situation would become a nightmare (it already is) and I think the town council really do not know what the people of Hertford want. I've often thought that perhaps the unused part of the brewery could be turned into a sort of tour, much like the Guinness or Heiniken factories, obviously on a smaller scale. It would provide tourism and jobs and income for the town whilst creating interest in our past.

18/08/2010 - 10:29 by jo

I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO A NEW SUPERMARKET COMING INTO TOWN I PREFER SAINSBURYS TO TESCO THE ONE WE HAVE GOT IN THE TOWN IS RUBBISH AND DONT ALWAYS HAVE THE STUFF YOU WANT IN IT SO IT WILL BE A GOOD THING TO HAVE A BIT OT COMPETION GOING ON BECAUSE IF TESCO DONT HAVE WOT YOU WANT YOU CAN GO TO ANOTHER SHOP TO SEE IF THEY HAVE THEM IN.  I CAN UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE TRAFFIC BECAUSE IT DOSE GET BUSY IN THE RUSH HOUR AND LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE UNEMPLOYED SO IT WILL BRING SOME JOBS BACK INTO TOWN.

18/08/2010 - 10:43 by jo

WE NEED A NEW STORE IN HERTFORD AS LOTS OF THE SMALL SHOPS ARE CLOSING DOWN DUE TO THE RECESSION SO IT WILL BRING PEOPLE BACK TO THE TOWN AND MORE JOBS

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