Bringing People Together
There are sundry planning applications online for Station Road, I'm not sure what the numbers are for the site opposite the station though.
How on earth would something like a Waitrose attract enough custom without attached parking? There may be some space in the front of the site for a few parking bays but there would then be the associated hassle of stopping commuters using them (not more clampers, please!). I can't see how it would work.
There's also the problem with loading space which any supermarket would require simply to service the store. There have been rumours flying round about supermarket interest in Hampton for many years, usually the main threat is Tesco.
I also wonder whether Waitrose would bother with somewhere so relatively small as Hampton and in such a relatively small retail site. I know there were plans announced in 2009 for Waitrose to start rolling out a new fleet of convenience style stores (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8273506.stm) but these are supposed to be for people who have 'no access' to a Waitrose store. With branches in Kingston and Twickenham I don't think we count.
Lovely to meet you last night. I am not that au fait with planning laws but if it was the site near the station for example which is being marketed as for A2 retail use then I don't believe it would go to planning. Planning is usually only required if the useage of a building is being changed e.g. from a pub to a KFC or if the building itself if being altered. Like yourself I love Waitrose but I too fear the damage to our independent traders is more important.. A bit of a worry that we are getting more and more reports of this rumour. Hope you have an Archer's filled weekends and I don't mean the Schapps in case anyone else is reading this post!