Feb 21 2013 by Sam Yarwood, Skelmersdale Advertiser
A LEADING supermarket chain is hoping to launch a home delivery service in Skelmersdale.
Asda on Ingram Road has put forward a planning application to West Lancashire council for the proposed construction of a single-storey building, van loading canopy and grocery collection canopy in the rear of the existing store car park.
The building, which will house 20 employees, “has been located as close as possible to the retail shop floor to facilitate efficient collection and storage of ordered goods”.
The products will then be loaded onto three small delivery vehicles and delivered to the customers or collected from the grocery collection canopy.
If approved there will be a loss of 28 car parking spaces – none of which are for disabled users – and an existing trolley shelter would have to be relocated to make way for the build.
According to the application’s Design and Access Statement which was put together by GPS Ltd on behalf of Asda, the loss of parking spaces is “offset by the number of home deliveries and grocery collections being undertaken and thus reducing the number of customers visiting the store car park.”
It also says that “pedestrian walkways are to be provided” in order to prevent any crossings in front of delivery vehicles.
Asda’s home delivery service enables residents to purchase their shopping online and have it delivered to them at their home.