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Ulverston superstore plan hurdle removed

ONE hurdle facing an out-of-town supermarket development plan has been removed after the Highways Agency removed its objection.

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

The Highways Agency has said it is now satisfied its concerns over the potential effects on the A590 of Sainsbury’s proposal for Ulverston have been addressed.

The boost comes as welcome news to the supermarket giant in a month that has seen a rival bid from Robinson’s emerge as a genuine threat to its plans.

The proposals for a similar sized store at the former brewery site in the town centre have been touted as the better option for the town, given its proximity to the centre.

Jo Hawley, regional development executive for Sainsbury’s, said: “The Highways Agency’s decision to remove its holding direction is good news.

“Our site provides a viable, deliverable location for a food store, which our consultation shows enjoys widespread support from the local community.”

An independent report carried out on behalf of South Lakeland District Council, agreed with the county council in saying the Robinsons plans were “sequentially preferable” to an out-of-town development at the Beehive.

The letter from the Highways Agency follows its previous holding direction that prevented permission being granted for the Sainsbury’s development.

The direction was issued until the Highways Agency was satisfied it had the necessary information to make a decision on the traffic impact a store just off the A590 would have.

Sainsbury’s said it had co-operated with requests to supply additional information in order to reach an agreement over the proposals.

Ms Hawley added: “Transport and access to the site is obviously a big part of this, so we’re very pleased we have been able to address the Highways Agency’s concerns.

“We are working closely with South Lakeland District Council with a view to getting the plans to committee as soon as possible.”

However, the supermarket still needs to convince planners the brewery site would be unsuitable for development – something Robinsons claims is untrue.

A planning application for the brewery site was received by SLDC earlier this month.

Have your say

Hope that this decision will now hasten a positive outcome for Sainsbury. Lets get the planning decision made and let work commence at the earliest.

Posted by Glen on 30 January 2013 at 17:37

Here's a scenario.
Roadworks in Swarthmoor, quite common these days, cause tailbacks right through Ulverston as far back as Oubas Hill roundabout.
Can anyone imagine what the access and egress for Sainsbury's Three Bridges would have on the A590 traffic flow?

The Highways Agency clearly doesn't consider it a problem but anyone who lives in the Furness peninsula and drives the A590 might not agree.

Posted by Tony on 20 January 2013 at 18:31

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