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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Ulverston supermarket showdown – Robinson's approved, Sainsbury's rejected

PERMISSION to build a Sainsbury's supermarket in Ulverston has been refused - but planning chiefs have approved plans for a supermarket on the Robinson's brewery site. 

South Lakeland District Council's planning committee narrowly accepted the Robinson's application by seven votes to six. 

Sainsbury's said it was disappointed with the decision of the planning committee to reject its bid. 

A proposal to block the development was approved by a vote of 13 to one, with one councillor abstaining.

Members went with the recommendations in the planner's report released last week.

Both Ulverston councillors on the committee voted against the Sainsbury's plans.

Andrew Sanderson, regional development manager for Sainsbury’s, has reacted to the rejection. 

He said: “We are obviously very disappointed with South Lakeland District Council’s decision,  as we know many people in Ulverston will be.

"We will now take some time to consider our next steps."

Suzie Lawson, spokeswoman for the Bring Sainsbury's to Ulverston group, questioned the fairness of the decision-making process, with the vote being taken in Kendal, not Ulverston, and mostly by councillors who do not live in the town.

She added: "I'm really bitterly disappointed.

"It's just a shame for the people of the town who said 'please can we have it, we need it, it will create jobs and sustainable incomes'."

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