Waitrose and John Lewis combined store proposal for Basingstoke

05 August 2013

Proposals for a combined Waitrose supermarket and John Lewis at Home in Basingstoke are being considered by the borough council.

Deputy Leader Ranil Jayawardena is deciding whether council-owned land can be used for the new stores as part of the major regeneration of the Basing View business area in the town centre.

The move comes after Muse, as the council’s regeneration partner for Basing View, negotiated the multi-million pound deal as part of work to find new occupiers for vacant sites at the business park.

The new stores would be at the western gateway to Basing View with a piece of land opposite being earmarked for a business class hotel, with Muse set to use the new retail development to help attract a hotel company as the hotel market improves.

The borough council’s Deputy Leader Cllr Ranil Jayawardena, who is leading on the Basing View project, said:

“This is an exciting proposal and an important endorsement for Basing View as a location, and Basingstoke as a town. This scheme represents an important first phase for the Basing View regeneration project and has the potential to act as a significant catalyst for further investment.  

“Attracting such high profile retailers to this gateway site, combined with the proposed 150,000 square foot Network Rail campus at the eastern end, shows the confidence of major companies in the business area’s future success. The stores would provide new facilities for people who work in Basing View and a significant additional draw to Basingstoke town centre, complementing Festival Place and The Malls, whilst supporting the work we are doing to improve the town as a whole.” 

If the proposal is agreed, a planning application would be submitted by Muse, who would build the store for Waitrose and John Lewis. Residents, community groups and other businesses would be consulted before the planning application was submitted. If this is approved it is anticipated that work could start on the site as early as summer 2014, with completion of the scheme by autumn 2015.