New-look Radco store planned with homes

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News - STEPHEN SUM­NER Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter

AN enor­mous Rad­stock su­per­mar­ket could be de­mol­ished and re­built along­side 55 homes and of­fices to help re­gen­er­ate the town cen­tre.

The land­mark Radco store is de­scribed as “well past its best be­fore date” and the Rad­stock Co-op­er­a­tive So­ci­ety says the re­de­vel­op­ment will safe­guard its fu­ture.

If ap­proved, the de­vel­op­ment will com­prise two build­ings, each three storeys high. The com­plex will in­clude 28 flats and 722 square me­tres of of­fice space for the so­ci­ety’s new HQ.

The plans also in­clude an out­line ap­pli­ca­tion for 27 ter­raced houses that would be built in a sec­ond phase.

More than half of the re­tail floorspace will be lost, as will 106 of the 245 park­ing spa­ces.

A tem­po­rary store will be con­structed while the work is car­ried out.

Rad­stock Co-op­er­a­tive So­ci­ety chief ex­ec­u­tive Don Mor­ris said in the ap­pli­ca­tion: “For 150 years, Rad­stock Co­op­er­a­tive So­ci­ety has served its mem­bers and cus­tomers, from hum­ble be­gin­nings to the vi­brant and ex­pand­ing busi­ness it has be­come to­day.

“Radco is the flag­ship of the es­tate but the build­ing is well past its best be­fore date.

“Our cus­tomers and mem­bers de­serve a bet­ter of­fer­ing and we be­lieve that we can im­prove Rad­stock town by de­vel­op­ing a pur­pose­built,smart, modern shop­ping fa­cil­ity that we can all feel proud of.

“By in­vest­ing in a new build­ing we will be pro­tect­ing em­ploy­ment vi­tal to the econ­omy of the town. There will be no job losses.”

The store was built in 1959 and ex­tended sig­nif­i­cantly in the 1980s.

It now in­cludes a va­ri­ety of non-food de­part­ments in­clud­ing elec­tri­cal, cloth­ing, home­ware, a post of­fice and a cafe.

The plans say its mono­lithic char­ac­ter is at odds with the his­toric de­vel­op­ments nearby, it is un­der-used and has seen a de­cline in re­cent years due to a shift in re­tail habits.

The size and de­sign of the 27 ter­raced houses will be de­ter­mined in a sub­se­quent plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion but the plans say they are ex­pected to have three or four bed­rooms.

The vi­a­bil­ity of af­ford­able hous­ing will be dis­cussed with Bath and North East Som­er­set Coun­cil, which will de­cide the ap­pli­ca­tion.

The Radco store in Rad­stock

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