Supermarket could come to Lower EarleyBy Jon Nurse
September 07, 2012
A supermarket chain could come to a shopping parade in Lower Earley if plans for a convenience store are given the go-ahead.
Plans have been submitted to Wokingham Borough Council to build a neighbourhood convenience store and two smaller shops from six units in Maiden Lane Centre.
The centre houses 17 shops and a pub, with 11 maisonettes and five offices above the shops.
The plans, prepared by Pentar Architects, state: “The centre is attractive in appearance and fits in well with the character of the surroundings.
“However, over the past few years there has been a gradual decline in the demand for space with shops and offices becoming vacant on a long term basis.
“This is having a deleterious effect on the perception of the centre and there is the attendant danger of a downward spiral.
“In order to prevent this, a leading national supermarket and convenience store operator was approached and, subject to planning permission being granted, they have committed to taking space in the centre.”
The application states: “It is intended over a period of time to implement a programme of carefully considered improvements to the external environment and street furniture, which will in turn refresh the centre’s image.”
A decision on the scheme will be made by the borough council at a later date.