Royston Gateway plans for Waitrose and A505 junction go on display
- Credit: 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.
You may also want to watch:
“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.
- 1 Man jailed after attacking victim with glass bottle in hotel room
- 2 'If I lived three miles away the obstacles would've been lower' - Councillor calls for IVF to be reinstated in Cambs
- 3 Flasher who attacked officers appears in court
- 4 Ex-footballers set for charity match to raise money for hospital cardiology department
- 5 Have you seen missing parrot Charlie?
- 6 Students' work featured in online art exhibition
- 7 Motorhome and car involved in A505 crash
- 8 Plenty of Covid vaccines available for over 23s
- 9 Bassingbourn reverse trend of losses at Helions Bumpstead with fine win
- 10 Freedom Day: More than half of Herts residents welcome delay to lockdown easing
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