New road proposed for Valley Retail Park

A new road into Valley Retail Park is part of a £20 million plan to improve the shopping experience there.

A new route to the shops and restaurants could be created by demolishing the Stewart Plastics factory which was built in the 1950s but has been empty since 2012.

The proposed road would create direct access to the retail park, which is home to Ikea, a Vue cinema, and shops including Boots and Next, from Waddon Marsh Way.

And it should make getting into the retail park easier and quicker for any approaching it from the south, along Purley Way.

The planning application has been submitted on behalf of Maizelands Limited and Arringford Limited, an Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) fund.

B&Q and Ikea own their buildings on the site but ASI owns the rest of the buildings.

Phil Huby, head of retail parks at ASI, said: “[The road] would improve access for everyone.

“The reason we are investing in this is as part of an overall improvement and refurbishment.
“We have also been putting new shop fronts in the retail terrace as they are 20 odd years old. That should be finished at the end of the year.”

If approved Mr Huby hopes work, which will take about 12 months, on the new road will start next year.
“There is a recognised problem of congestion on the site and people getting stuck in the car park over the past couple of years,” he said.

“Because we have had a congestion problem you are not really getting as many people into the location and back out again.

“Shopping visits will be a lot easier and far more pleasant. The whole experience would improve.”
The proposed new road would link Hesterman Way, which is inside the retail park, to Purley Way via Waddon Marsh Way.

The latest proposal includes the building of four new warehouses but would see a reduction of 68 car parking spaces to a total of 977.

Mr Huby says the warehouses would be used by “industrial tradesmen”.

A consultation on the plans closes on Wednesday, July 11 and a decision is expected to be made by September 10 on whether the new road can be built.