A large home improvement store could move to a new location.
LXB Retail Properties, the company which submitted the successful application to redevelop London Road Retail Park in Biggleswade, is also behind this latest move.
The company wishes to demolish two buildings at Stratton Business Park, which is on the opposite side of London Road to the retail park.
One is currently vacant and the other is used by European Oat Millers, which is looking to move out of Biggleswade.
These would be replaced by a retail unit, which it is expected would be used by Homebase. The shop is currently based in the retail park.
A planning application has been submitted to Central Beds Council and it will be discussed by councillors at the development management committee meeting next Wednesday (September 11).
The application states: “The applicant had hoped to integrate the Homebase store and car park into the new scheme, leaving them in situ.
“However, Homebase have concerns over losing control of their car park if amalgamated with the rest of the new scheme.”
The new building would be just over half the size of the current store plus an outdoor sales area.
There would be 110 car parking spaces including six disabled spaces as well as 26 bicycle spaces.
The store would be the first retail unit in the business park, which is currently used for business, industrial work, storage and distribution.
Biggleswade Town Council supports the application.
Central Beds Council’s planning officers recommend that the application is approved. A Section 106 agreement of £25,000 for town centre initiatives and £10,000 for town centre parking would be sought.
They state that industrial buildings are not needed in the area at this time. The appearance of the area would be improved by this change, they add.