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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Retail giants clash as Ulverston supermarket decision looms

SAINSBURY’S has attacked planners’ recommendations to back Robinsons’ plans for a new supermarket in Ulverston over their scheme.

With just two days until a decision is made on both applications, Sainsbury’s has hit out at a report advising South Lakeland District Council’s planning committee to turn down plans for a supermarket at the Beehive, just off the A590.

Andrew Sanderson, Sainsbury’s regional development director, said the company will be defending its plans at the planning meeting on Thursday. He added: “The feedback received from the local community indicates that the majority of residents in Ulverston have clearly demonstrated they would like to see a Sainsbury’s foodstore in the town.”

He said the supermarket proposals would address an identified need in the town and boost the local economy by creating 150 jobs and encouraging wider development in the area.

Mr Sanderson said: “Many have said they are unable to do all their shopping in Ulverston and end up having to spend their money outside of the town, in places like Barrow.

“A new Sainsbury’s would help to keep shoppers in Ulverston.”

He also questioned the decision to support a rival application for a supermarket at the site of the former Robinsons brewery.

In their report, planners pointed to national planning policy that means out-of-town sites should be rejected if suitable central or edge-of-centre locations were available.

However, Sainsbury’s maintains the former brewery site would not be viable and has highlighted concerns over traffic and heritage implications.

The developers behind the Robinsons application have welcomed the reports, having repeatedly insisted their plans will provide wider benefits to the town.

Tony Clowes, managing director of Positive Location Properties, said: “Our proposals have been agreed with English Heritage and SLDC’s officers and will bring this derelict industrial site back into use in a way that will serve the whole community while respecting the character of the conservation area.”

Both applications will be decided when SLDC planning committee members vote at the meeting in Kendal at 10am on Thursday.

Have your say

Retail Giants Clash?

Sainsburys vs Who?

I would prefer the Brewery option if only because folks would walk the 1 minute into town. But be honest ... there is NO buyer for the Brewery site is there? There may never be one. And that means we - the people who live in and want to do our main shop in Ulverston - will lose out. No Sainsburys and a derelict building that Robinsons will ignore then probably sell to some greedy property developer.

Smashing.

Posted by Ulverstonian on 24 April 2013 at 15:51

Well said Catherine. The 'supermarket effect' has already happened in Ulverston as most Ulverston residents do their weekly shop in Barrow. An affordable supermarket in Ulverston will keep people in the town at least. I too am very disappointed at the lack of support for the jobs that Sainsburys will bring. Not everyone can do or wants full time work in a skilled occupation. Many people in Ulverston would appreciate a job in a supermarket. The argument that jobs in the town centre will be lost does not stack up as Supermarkets offer permanent hours and benefits that a job in a privately owned small shop cannot. It's a shame that the majority of councillors in Ulverston and organisations who are supposed to support the regeneration of Ulverston have not supported this proposal when it is clear the majority of people in Ulverston want this.

Posted by Jest on 24 April 2013 at 14:04

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