Sainsbury’s plan backed

A SAINSBURY’S store could open in Portishead in 2013 if a planning application for the shop overcomes its final hurdle.

On Thursday, North Somerset Council’s north area planners approved an application, in principle, for the construction of a 30,000sq ft store in Serbert Way.

Sainsbury’s first drew up proposals for a new store in Portishead in 2009 and plans for the �15million store were approved in 2011. However, a legal challenge by Co-operative, which already has a shop in the town, and a call for a judicial review, halted proceedings.

Sainsbury’s prepared a new planning application ensuring the new facility included the latest in sustainable design, such as electric car charging points.

This got the thumbs up at the north area meeting and will now be subject to consideration of the inspector’s report on the core strategy and a number of conditions.