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Store giant to consider reviving plan to build Ulverston supermarket

A MAJOR supermarket chain has not ruled out building more stores in South Cumbria after its latest Lake District triumph.

CONTROVERSIAL PLAN: A draft artist’s impression of how the planned Sainsbury’s supermarket could look in Ulverston

Sainsbury’s proposal to build a new 2,980 sq m store in Ambleside was approved by national park planners on Wednesday despite objections from small traders.

It is hoped the Ambleside store, which received 154 letters of support, will create the equivalent of 60 new full-time jobs.

Following this success, a spokesman for the national chain has said the company would consider reviving its plans to build a new store on the outskirts of Ulverston.

Sainsbury’s last attempt to go to Ulverston ended in failure in 2013 after South Lakeland District Council’s planning committee rejected a proposal for a new store on the greenfield Beehive site off Lightburn Road.

Reacting at the time, Sainsbury’s officials said they would “take some time to consider our next steps.”

A date has not been set for the start of construction at the site in Ambleside, near Hayes Garden World. Developers will have to negotiate with planning officials before a decision notice is produced, setting out a schedule of work for the project.

But once plans are finalised and building work begins, a spokesman for the national chain said a new supermarket in Ulverston would be one of the options considered.

The spokesman said: “Sainsbury’s are always looking for appropriate opportunities to bring our offers closer to more people through our range of local stores and supermarkets.”

Cerri Hutton, of the campaign group Keep Ulverston Special, said: “I’ve learned to take everything Sainsbury’s, or any chain, say about Ulverston with a pinch of salt.

“The Beehive site has now allocated for a different purpose under the SLDC land allocation document which has now been adopted.

“As for Ambleside, I think it’s a shame that another chain has been allowed into a national park when they should be promoting local small businesses.”


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