Sainsbury’s plans could be given go-ahead
PLANS for a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Portishead could be given the go-ahead by North Somerset Councillors tomorrow (Thurs).
PLANS for a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Portishead could be given the go-ahead by North Somerset Councillors on Thursday.
Planning officers at the unitary authority have recommended that the proposals for a store in Serbert Way be approved.
A decision on the proposals was originally expected in May when they were first put to the council’s North Area Planning Committee.
However, lawyers for the Co-Operative Group, which owns a supermarket in nearby Wyndham Way, launched a legal challenge saying that North Somerset Council had not properly analysed the plans against planning policy and that the original report written for members of the committee was ill-founded.
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As a result, independent planning consultants were brought in to look at the plans and consider the claims made by the Co-Ooperative Group as well as objections made by Waitrose and Budgens, which also own stores in Portishead.
In a report written for Thursday’s committee meeting, which has taken into account the findings from the planning consultants, the Sainsbury’s plans have been recommended for approval.
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It is believed that the applicant has endeavoured to find a site close to the town centre and that the new supermarket would make a positive contribution to employment generation.
It is also considered that the new supermarket would not have a significant adverse impact on the vitality town centre, an issue raised by all three objectors.