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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Sainsbury's Ulverston plan revealed

THE first pictures have been released showing what a Sainsbury’s supermarket could look like in Ulverston.

The supermarket giant is hoping to build a 20,000 square feet store, off the A590 at West Lodge, Lightburn Road.

Sainsbury’s says the potential development, at land known locally as the Bee Hive, would create 150 jobs, and would also include a car park, petrol station and two employment units.

The company is hosting three pre planning public consultation events this week, starting tomorrow.

The plans will be on display and members of the Sainsbury’s team will be on hand to discuss the proposal with the public.

Nearby residents and businesses have been invited by letter to a pre event tomorrow evening between 6.30pm and 8.30pm at the Coronation Hall.

The community is also being asked to view the exhibited plans and speak to representatives on Friday at the Coronation Hall between 10am and 6pm, and then at Lanternhouse on Saturday from 10am and 3pm. Sainsbury’s says it wants to share its ideas and receive comments.

After getting public comments it will submit finalised plans to South Lakeland District Council.

The company said its plans represent “a great opportunity for the town” and say it will help boost employment. It says many people are doing their main food shopping outside of Ulverston now.

Both Sainsbury’s and campaigners against the planned store are encouraging as many people as possible to attend the events.

Paul Kingsnorth, a member of Keep Ulverston Special, a group which is against the supermarket plan, said: “I hope everyone in the town attends one of the events, whatever their opinion. We should be going along to find out what is being planned and ask questions. It will be very interesting to find out what they have come up with.

Mr Kingsnorth is also the author of Real England, which includes information about the impact of big businesses on market towns. Headded: “Ulverston is a market town with real character. There are not many towns like this left. Any new supermarket is going to be bad news for our town centre. It will hit the vitality and economy of the town and change the culture and atmosphere. If we get a big Sainsbury’s it will have a very bad effect on the character and the economy of the town.

“If you get one supermarket coming into a town you are more likely to get others.”

Mr Kingsnorth is also concerned about the future use of the Robinson’s site, in Brewery Street, which Robinson’s has applied to build a supermarket on. He adds that Sainsbury’s proposal does not fit Ulverston’s local plan as that area has been highlighted as land for strategic employment, such as ‘high tech’ industry.

Have your say

A novelty at first,then the majority will resume travelling to Barrow for a 'cheap' shop.

Posted by Daniella on 26 May 2012 at 15:50

In order of pricing from cheapest upwards there is Aldi, Lidl, Asda, Tesco, Booths, Morrisons,Sainsbury's. Not scientific but just info gleaned from visiting those establishments and actually buying.

There are lots of people on here complaining about the cost of the 'weekly shop' and how having a Sainsbury's in town will somehow make that weekly shop cheaper. Clearly they are not aware that ALL supermarkets price their comestibles according to what the local market can stand.

Never mind though the clincher will be the jobs argument. Sainsbury's know it, the otherwise clueless spokeswoman knows it, the councillors know it, the antis know it, the 'local residents' know it.

Posted by Tony on 26 May 2012 at 15:45

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