Royston Gateway plans for Waitrose and A505 junction go on display

17:50 18 June 2014

Phillip Pearce of developer Kiafield Properties talks to members of the public at an exhibition at the Heath Sports Club showing plans for the area

Phillip Pearce of developer Kiafield Properties talks to members of the public at an exhibition at the Heath Sports Club showing plans for the area

Archant

Plans for a new gateway to Royston, providing jobs and a Waitrose supermarket, have been on display.

The Royston Gateway scheme would see an additional junction off the A505 built on the outskirts of Royston, next to the Orchard Way industrial estate.

The site would also house an additional storage facility for Johnson Matthey, as well as a Waitrose and has potential for other retail units. The Waitrose store would bring 130 new jobs to the town.

A public exhibition was held at The Heath sports club on Friday, and 300 residents attended to view the plans.

Philip Pearce, of Royston Gateway developer Kiafield Properties, said: “We have really pleased with the turn out and the overall response has been very positive.

“The project would provide a new entrance to the Orchard Road industrial estate, and we think this will reduce traffic going into Royston [on Old North Road] by 20-40 per cent.

“I know Waitrose have been looking to come to Royston for a number of years, and Johnson Matthey need to expand their operation in the town.” Mr Pearce added that he was confident there was demand for the extra business units the project would create.

He said: “The estate is pretty full already and we have already been approached by a couple of existing businesses who would be interested in moving into larger premises.”

Rory Masureik, general manager at Johnson Matthey’s Royston headquarters, was also present at the exhibition to answer questions.

He said: “It makes a lot more sense to have this new facility in Royston – our operation will be slicker, and it will create an additional 35 jobs for people in the area.

“We want our Royston site to be sustainable in the long term and this project would help us do that.”

Kiafield Properties say they have received more than 600 responses to consultation leaflets, which have been posted to homes in Royston.

Residents can also view the plans, and have their say online at www.roystongateway.co.uk

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Royston Crow visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Royston Crow staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Royston Crow account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 08:32
James Lovelace ran the marathon for Macmillan.

Hardy runners from Royston and the surrounding villages raised impressive sums for charity when they pounded through the streets of the capital during the London Marathon on Sunday. As the runners take a well-earned break after the trials and tribulations of months of training, the Crow has taken a snapshot of the day – featuring some of the stars from the area, who ran the marathon for some very personal and worthwhile

causes..

Melbourn commercial director James Lovelace ran the Marathon to raise money for Macmillan, to say thanks for the support they gave when he was diagnosed with skin cancer last year.

Fri, 15:36
Therfield pupil Joshua McNaught, aged 6, shows off his drawing of Her Majesty.

Staff and pupils in Therfield enjoyed a right royal day at school in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday last week.

Missing widow Helen Bailey from Royston with Arsene Wenger.

Police have made an appeal to Arsenal fans for information about missing Gunners season ticket holder and Royston author Helen Bailey.

Fri, 14:42
Kim will be trekking across Iceland for CoppaFeel!

A Royston woman is chuffed to bits after being chosen to take part in a trek across Iceland to raise money and awareness for breast cancer charity CoppaFeel!

”North

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Royston Crow e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up