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Monday, 25 May 2015

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Group ready to fight Ulverston store plan decision appeal

CAMPAIGNERS fighting supermarket developments in Ulverston say it is too early to write off Sainsbury’s.

The warning from the Keep Ulverston Special group comes after it was announced that Rawdon Properties, the developer hoping to build a new store for Sainsbury’s on the Beehive site, just off the A590, is intending to appeal refusal of its application.

A landslide vote in April saw members of South Lakeland District Council’s planning committee vote overwhelmingly against the proposals and the site’s out-of-town location, opponents say, make an appeal unlikely to succeed.

But Paul Kingsnorth, of Keep Ulverston Special, said the wealth of resources available to Sainsbury’s means it would be unwise to write them off if they do appeal.

He said: “It will be interesting to see whether it is just a bluff or not.”

However, Mr Kingsnorth said the announcement was not a surprise.

He added: “We are certainly going to be alert to it – we cannot be complacent about these things.

“They have got the money and the lawyers and the power, but hopefully they won’t have a case.”

On Tuesday, Richard Woodford, partner at HOW Planning, said an appeal can be lodged once a decision has been made over the rival supermarket bid at the former brewery site.

The comments were made during the public hearing into SLDC’s land allocations document on Tuesday.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson has since said: “Although there may be an appeal, Sainsbury’s has yet to decide whether to be a party to it.”

Planning officers are currently negotiating the conditions to be attached to any planning permission for a supermarket in Brewery Street after the Robinsons application was given the thumbs up by the planning committee in April.

But the battle between the two supermarket plans – and those who oppose both developments – looks set to rumble on as KUS have reported the department for communities and local government is considering its request to call in the Robinsons decision.

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Not having a reasonbly priced quality supermarket is a backward thinking policy. It strikes me that many of the naysayers have never ventured much beyond Greenodd, having worked up and down the country in many towns and cities it struck me that the very name 'Sainsbury's' is a magnet it its own right, people travel many miles to shop at a Sainsbury store as opposed to a tesco or asda, reason being they sell quality goods at reasonable prices. I know people from Barrow and Ulverston who travel to Lancaster to shop at Sainsbury when opportunity permits, and I believe that a quality name will pull people into Ulverston from Barrow, Millom and Kendal area's. and of course whilst visiting they will also visit the town and bring credit to other businesses within the town.
Even with a supermarket here it would not stop me buying quality tools and gas in Smith Harrisons or buying homemade Cumberland from Blackledges on a sat morn.
I would be very surprised to find that a reputable company such as Sainsbury would be guilty of tax avoidance, They do have a reputation in the rest of the country to think about. The world does not end at Greenodd ! You say we are being ruled by remote large Companys, well yes we already are, for those of us who still have to work for a living and make the money stretch, in case you had not realised it well over half of Ulverston households already go to Barrow to visit tesco and Asda etc for the monthly shop, and are already in the clutches, so why not be in the clutches of a local store that at least offers 150 jobs to local people.? and whats with Illegal Immigrants ? I didnt realise that Ulverston had just become a melting pot of ethnic illegals ? unless you know differently ? As for unethical buying practices... try visiting the Lancaster Sainsburys and go look for poor quality goods. I think the prospect of Sainsbury coming to Ulverston is a once in a lifetime opportunity that would have benefitted the town and should have been welcomed with open arms, and not interfered with by a small minority who's only input was their own personal self interest. Dont believe me ? then go and visit another part of the country where there is a nearby Sainsurys and ask some locals where they prefer to shop.

Posted by Ulverston fella on 26 June 2013 at 13:57

I find this repeated gibe that KUS are in the 'stone age'offensive - and I'm not one of the KUS team.

Not having a supermarket is definitely a forward thinking policy which has been adopted successfully with a battle, by other towns. Towns that do this show forward thinking and a lot of vitality coming from self confidence and belief that local businesses are far more competent at taking care of local businesses and in the long term resident's needs. Robinsons butchers may be seen as expensive but they show considerable support for local farmers that take pride in producing beautiful meet. Graham at Smith and Harrisons shows great initiative in what and where he buys so that his products are often half the price of alternative supplies in the town that are part of national chains. Brocklebanks can beat any supermarket if the criteria is cost and flavour - what they don't have a smooth flowing spacious shopping area - which has the advantage that there are more opportunities for building friendships - something the town is good at. No KUS have a strong case that is farsighted and does not sink to the lowest denominator based on price. You can get quality flexibility and avoid being ruled by a remote large company with lawyers who specialise in tax dodging and buying unethically as cheap as possible even if the workers are illegal immigrants - all done in areas few of us know much about and have little control or perhaps interest. KUS is very much a thinking Ulverston's project - right up to date and thinking very wisely for all our futures.

Posted by Geoff Dellow on 25 June 2013 at 14:38

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