Supermarket could come to Blackwood retail park

WELCOME NEWS: From left, councillors Pat Cook, Diana Ellis and Nigel Dix have been campaigning for the council to allow a supermarket on Blackwood Gate Retail park

WELCOME NEWS: From left, councillors Pat Cook, Diana Ellis and Nigel Dix have been campaigning for the council to allow a supermarket on Blackwood Gate Retail park

First published in Gwent news

SUPERMARKET giant could at last be set to breathe new life into the Blackwood Gate Retail Park after Caerphilly council gave the go ahead.

The local authority’s planning committee overturned a decision not to allow a food store on the site, paving the way for a retailer to create a new store there with up to 300 jobs.

Blackwood Gate has been a hugely controversial issue locally ever since Focus went bust two years ago, leaving the main unit empty.

The unit only had permission for retailers of bulky items to be based there, as stated in the Local Development Plan.

However, after approaching more than 100 bulky goods retailers, the site’s owner, Linnell Investments failed to get any interest.

They felt filling the main unit was key to getting businesses in the other empty units, and asked councillors to grant them permission to place a supermarket there, after getting interest from Morrisons.

This was refused by the planning committee during the previous Plaid Cymru administration, leading to Labour using the issue as a main plank in their election campaign.

They pledged to bring up to 300 jobs to the site, and after they triumphed in the subsequent elections, the planning committee overturned the previous decision last week.

Blackwood councillor Nigel Dix has campaigned vociferously for eight years over Blackwood Gate, as it has been beset by problems and its owners have considered bulldozing it.

He said the decision offers some good news for the town in these tough economic times.

Cllr Dix said: “For far too long Blackwood Gate had been allowed to languish and remain unproductive.

“The change of conditions will mean that the owners will now be able to attract business to Blackwood Gate and we can now look forward to a brighter future where local people will have an opportunity to gain employment.”

While Morrisons remains Linnell’s preferred business to fill the unit, the decision means the company can now talk to any supermarket chain about it.

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2:41pm Tue 22 Jan 13

gingertom says...

We want a cinema and a bowling alley for the young, old, disabled and elderly to use which will benefit all people from blackwood to risca who currently don't enjoy such facilities.
We want a cinema and a bowling alley for the young, old, disabled and elderly to use which will benefit all people from blackwood to risca who currently don't enjoy such facilities. gingertom
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4:42pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Raymond Luxury-Yacht says...

I fear it may be too late to get any major retailer now, in these times of economic hardship. That said it's irrelevant what Ginger Tom wants. If it's a business that's not going to turn a profit in Blackwood it won't happen. Cinema? no chance. Besides, isn't the Memo going to be showing films. Newport couldn't sustain a bowling alley, so I can't see it happening in Blackwood. No a food retailer appears to be the only option. But, hey, prove me wrong!
I fear it may be too late to get any major retailer now, in these times of economic hardship. That said it's irrelevant what Ginger Tom wants. If it's a business that's not going to turn a profit in Blackwood it won't happen. Cinema? no chance. Besides, isn't the Memo going to be showing films. Newport couldn't sustain a bowling alley, so I can't see it happening in Blackwood. No a food retailer appears to be the only option. But, hey, prove me wrong! Raymond Luxury-Yacht
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8:24pm Tue 22 Jan 13

gingertom says...

Raymond Luxury-Yacht

I have been led to believe that morrisons have never wanted to come to blackwood and has asked the council to stop associating them with it.
Perhaps opening in bargoed and cwmbran when they are already in risca has put them off.
When the memo shows films then I will support it but saying that they will only have one screen on offer to show a film.
We the public have every right to have access to decent leisure time facilities.
If we cannot have a cinema and a bowling alley then I would prefer home bargains, TK maxx, next and primark.
Raymond Luxury-Yacht I have been led to believe that morrisons have never wanted to come to blackwood and has asked the council to stop associating them with it. Perhaps opening in bargoed and cwmbran when they are already in risca has put them off. When the memo shows films then I will support it but saying that they will only have one screen on offer to show a film. We the public have every right to have access to decent leisure time facilities. If we cannot have a cinema and a bowling alley then I would prefer home bargains, TK maxx, next and primark. gingertom
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8:42pm Tue 22 Jan 13

gingertom says...

raymond luxury-yacht was arrogant in his reply :

"that said it's irrelevant what gingertom wants"
"cinema? no chance".

Ignoring the wishes of the general public have not gone down well recently.

By the way newport has loads of leisure facilities when blackwood have none so a bowling alley would go better in blackwood than newport due to the current lack of facilities.
raymond luxury-yacht was arrogant in his reply : "that said it's irrelevant what gingertom wants" "cinema? no chance". Ignoring the wishes of the general public have not gone down well recently. By the way newport has loads of leisure facilities when blackwood have none so a bowling alley would go better in blackwood than newport due to the current lack of facilities. gingertom
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5:21am Wed 23 Jan 13

gathin says...

I feel sorry for the local shops and shopowners. Hopefully your town won't be turned into the ghost town that Newport has become due to the council selling out to over 30 supermarkets that have set up on the peripherals.
I feel sorry for the local shops and shopowners. Hopefully your town won't be turned into the ghost town that Newport has become due to the council selling out to over 30 supermarkets that have set up on the peripherals. gathin
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11:31am Wed 23 Jan 13

gingertom says...

gathin

I feel sorry for the local shops and shopowners aswell, why is the same effort that linnells have been given not given to them aswell?
gathin I feel sorry for the local shops and shopowners aswell, why is the same effort that linnells have been given not given to them aswell? gingertom
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11:33am Wed 23 Jan 13

gathin says...

I didn't know it hadn't but you really should ask the monkeys who claim to represent you!
I didn't know it hadn't but you really should ask the monkeys who claim to represent you! gathin
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1:30pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Loose-Cannon says...

gingertom wrote:
Raymond Luxury-Yacht

I have been led to believe that morrisons have never wanted to come to blackwood and has asked the council to stop associating them with it.
Perhaps opening in bargoed and cwmbran when they are already in risca has put them off.
When the memo shows films then I will support it but saying that they will only have one screen on offer to show a film.
We the public have every right to have access to decent leisure time facilities.
If we cannot have a cinema and a bowling alley then I would prefer home bargains, TK maxx, next and primark.
Yes let’s attract more big names to Blackwood & send the small businesses out of business, until they go the way of Comet & HMV.

Surely we should be looking to improve existing facilities in the area without bringing another Supermarket to the area!

As for a Cinema & Bowling alley? Why not bring them; I’m sure we could do with another Weatherspoons or hotel chain taking over another failed picture house in a few years, just like the many in Newport!!
[quote][p][bold]gingertom[/bold] wrote: Raymond Luxury-Yacht I have been led to believe that morrisons have never wanted to come to blackwood and has asked the council to stop associating them with it. Perhaps opening in bargoed and cwmbran when they are already in risca has put them off. When the memo shows films then I will support it but saying that they will only have one screen on offer to show a film. We the public have every right to have access to decent leisure time facilities. If we cannot have a cinema and a bowling alley then I would prefer home bargains, TK maxx, next and primark.[/p][/quote]Yes let’s attract more big names to Blackwood & send the small businesses out of business, until they go the way of Comet & HMV. Surely we should be looking to improve existing facilities in the area without bringing another Supermarket to the area! As for a Cinema & Bowling alley? Why not bring them; I’m sure we could do with another Weatherspoons or hotel chain taking over another failed picture house in a few years, just like the many in Newport!! Loose-Cannon
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1:53pm Wed 23 Jan 13

gingertom says...

Why would a cinema and a bowling alley naturally fail?
They would serve blackwood, cefn forest, pontllanfraith, newbridge, oakdale, croespenmaen, wylie, abercarn, cwmcarn,springfield, penllwyn, crumlin,treowen. I am sure people from cwmfelinfach and ynysddu would use it aswell. (Sorry if I have left other areas out).
At the end of the day there is a lack of facilities in this area.
Newbridge only ever landed up with a swimming pool because there was a campaign called S.O.S. who fought tooth and nail for it.
Why would a cinema and a bowling alley naturally fail? They would serve blackwood, cefn forest, pontllanfraith, newbridge, oakdale, croespenmaen, wylie, abercarn, cwmcarn,springfield, penllwyn, crumlin,treowen. I am sure people from cwmfelinfach and ynysddu would use it aswell. (Sorry if I have left other areas out). At the end of the day there is a lack of facilities in this area. Newbridge only ever landed up with a swimming pool because there was a campaign called S.O.S. who fought tooth and nail for it. gingertom
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2:25pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Loose-Cannon says...

Ah right most of the old Islwyn Borough? Not Risca? Or is that now too close to Newport?

Can’t really see Caerphilly CBC giving Blackwood something they have not got in the Rhymney valley can you?

If these type of businesses wanted somewhere in the area surely they would have opened up by now? Or is the last piece of ground available to build such a building?
Ah right most of the old Islwyn Borough? Not Risca? Or is that now too close to Newport? Can’t really see Caerphilly CBC giving Blackwood something they have not got in the Rhymney valley can you? If these type of businesses wanted somewhere in the area surely they would have opened up by now? Or is the last piece of ground available to build such a building? Loose-Cannon
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2:35pm Wed 23 Jan 13

gingertom says...

A cinema group was interested in the area but I think the rates were too high. It was something like that anyway.

I am sure people from risca would use it as I said I missed out people/areas but not intentionally.

Old Islwyn have been the poor relations since they merged for some reason.
A cinema group was interested in the area but I think the rates were too high. It was something like that anyway. I am sure people from risca would use it as I said I missed out people/areas but not intentionally. Old Islwyn have been the poor relations since they merged for some reason. gingertom
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2:52pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Loose-Cannon says...

Old Islwyn have been the poor relations since they merged for some reason?

Totally agree, maybe when we split again & become Newport West and Sirhowy Valley things might look better ?
Old Islwyn have been the poor relations since they merged for some reason? Totally agree, maybe when we split again & become Newport West and Sirhowy Valley things might look better ? Loose-Cannon
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