Revised plan to add 150 jobs to Neats Court in Queenborough
Work is progressing at
Neats Court in Queenborough
by Emma Grove
Another 150 jobs could be created in Queenborough after the
developer behind a £30m regeneration project put in a revised
Work on the new Morrisons’ supermarket is well under way at
Neats Court, with the company hoping to be on site and fitting the
store out by May.
Now, developer LXB Retail Properties has put in new plans for
phase two of the scheme, which is the other retail units side of
The extra buildings at the site, off Thomsett Way, could be
targeted by food outlets, such as Pizza Hut.
Giles Haywood, of LXB, said: “We have got some real demand which
we have spent a year trying to get.
“Now we need the consent to allow us to deliver it.
An artist's impression of
how the Morrisons store at Neats Court could look
“We think the revised scheme has the same or even less impact on
the town centre because the retailers we are talking to wouldn’t
come to Sheerness high street.”
The leader of Swale council says the development heralds a new
era for Sheppey to become a destination to visit.
Cllr Andrew Bowles said he is pleased to hear any news which
creates jobs in the borough, although he could not comment on the
planning application as it is yet to be decided.
He believes the regeneration is a ‘once in several generations’
“Neats Court will totally transform [the Island] and I genuinely
believe Sheppey is going to be one of the ‘go to’ places of the
future,” he added.
Developer LXB Retail Properties says talks have progressed to a
“Neats Court will totally transform the Island and I genuinely believe Sheppey is going to be one of the ‘go to’ places of the future…” – Cllr Andrew Bowles
furnishings store B & M Stores and discussions are on-going
with footwear retailer Brantano, Pets at Home and Poundland to take
up some of the units.
There will also be a petrol station and KFC drive-through.
An application was put into Swale council last Monday to
increase the additional retail space from the already approved
40,000 sq ft to 67,500 sq ft which could create another 150 retail
jobs on top of the existing 300.
Recruitment for management positions at Morrisons, which will be
30,000 sq ft – compared to Sittingbourne’s new 37,000 sq ft store,
is due to start this month with other roles being released in
It is still hoped a family pub will be part of the Queenborough
development and there is interest from operators. But it is the
retail units which are being treated as a priority.
Mr Haywood added: “Morrisons is helping the discussions with
retailers as we need them to be convinced that it is happening and
then it’s a knock- on effect.”
It is hoped the phase two plans will be decided in April and, if
approved, work will start in July.
Mr Haywood said that they had lost about a week to 10 days due
to the snow and rain at the beginning of the year , but was
confident they should be able to catch up.
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