Waitrose in Bury St Edmunds could build warehouse for online deliveries and make changes to its car park in new proposals for store
Supermarket giant Waitrose is to build a new warehouse for online shopping deliveries and make changes to the car park at its Bury St Edmunds store.
John Lewis Partnership has sought permission from West Suffolk Council for several proposals at the store, in Robert Boby Way.
They include a new stand-alone warehouse in the Waitrose service yard, which would be extended to increase parking for delivery vehicles.
A planning statement said the new 'e-comms' warehouse would 'improve the facilities for staff who are picking, packing and delivering customer orders for online grocery shopping'.
A recycling area would be relocated at the site.
The company also wants to alter the customer car park entrance and exit lanes to divert incoming traffic away from the front of the branch and improve the shop entrance area for pedestrians.
With the removal of two central traffic islands, the entrance and exit lanes will become a single lane in each direction and traffic flow around the car park will change.
Two redundant kiosks will also be removed as automatic number plate recognition is to be introduced to monitor use of the car park.
Meanwhile, the verges either side of the entrance and exit lanes will be extended, with a new pavement nearest to the shop and a planted verge on the side furthest away.
Improvements would also be made to the outside of the shop including repainting frames, doors and canopy columns.
A Waitrose spokesperson said: "The permanent structure that we plan to put in place will allow us to increase capacity for Waitrose.com slots from this shop and meet more of the customer demand for deliveries within the local area.
"The proposed changes will not alter any customer access to the shop and there will be minimal impact within the customer car park."