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Reidsteel submits planning application to BCP Council for expansion into former site of Peeks Party Store and Monkey Madness

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CHRISTCHURCH steel firm Reidsteel has submitted its plans to expand into the site of the old Peeks Party Store and Monkey Madness.

The firm revealed earlier this year that it had abandoned a scheme to move near Bournemouth Airport and develop its premises in Reid Street into an estate of 167 homes, which BCP Council had approved.

With the closure of neighbouring Peeks and Monkey Madness in May 2020, Reidsteel acquired the site and decided instead on a multi-million-pound expansion.

An artist’s impression of the new development
An artist’s impression of the new development

This would see most of the existing buildings demolished, and construction of a new factory and offices with access to Reid Street.

The company's HGVs would be banned from using its entrance to Fairmile Road, instead using the Reid Road access, while staff would use an entrance off Mill Road where there would be 98 parking spaces.

Two objections have so far been received against the plans, both of which raise concerns about an increase in traffic on Mill Road.

Christchurch Town Council, following its meeting of the planning and regulatory committee, supported the plans but added that members were disappointed by the treatment of the junction at Reid Street and Fairmile. They wanted a full traffic management plan and a condition added that HGV access to Reid Street be restricted.

The current Reidsteel site
The current Reidsteel site

Fairmile Road properties which back on to the site would see a screen of planting along the top of a new retaining wall, with one home having its rear garden extended by the proposals.

Reidsteel celebrated its centenary in 2019, and has operated at Reid Road for more than 50 years. It employs 150 but can peak at 400, and exports to more than 140 countries

A decision on the application will be made by BCP Council after the consultation deadline of 5th November.

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