WORK on the multi-million pound Morrisons supermarket in Stafford could start earlier than planned if negotiations are successful – but the new Bridge Street car park is likely to have 100 less spaces.
The store, which will include 466 parking spaces, is set to be created on the Kingsmead car park, where some preparation work has already begun.
Developer LXB is behind the scheme, along with the planned Riverside shopping and leisure development, which will include a new car park on the site of the old Bridge Street multi-storey. Work on flattening Bridge Street is almost finished.
The full work on Morrisons was not meant to start until the new Bridge Street car park was completed some time next year, to ensure there was plenty of parking in place for townsfolk.
But now LXB wants to start the work earlier and is negotiating with Stafford Borough Council to see if it would be viable.
Stafford Borough Council spokesman Will Conaghan said: “We are currently negotiating with developers to see if we can get the Morrison’s development underway as soon as possible. This, along with the major Riverside development, will create more than 650 new jobs in Stafford.
“But we will ensure we have adequate parking for the town centre while the work goes ahead.”
A revised planning application is also due to be put forward soon for the Bridge Street side which will incorporate a cinema.
But it will also include a revised design for the car park and the Newsletter understands this will include 100 less spaces, from 900 to 800.
Mr Conaghan added: “We expect a revised planning application which incorporates a cinema and a revised design for the car parking to be submitted in the coming weeks. When the developments are completed there will be more permanent car parking spaces in the town centre than at present.”
The Riverside development will include a shopping mall, housing a flagship Marks & Spencer and Debenhams, as well as fashion giant H&M.