Report by Alex Evans, Reporter
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
A SUPERMARKET is inviting residents to have their say on proposals to build a new store on the outskirts of a village.
Sainsbury’s recently revealed plans to build a new food store at Steart Farm in Lower New Road, Cheddar.
This picture is the first provisional image of what the planned site will look like.
A public exhibition of the plans will be held at the Bath Arms Hotel in Bath Street, Cheddar, on May 11 from 10am-6pm and May 12 from 10am-3pm.
Sainsbury’s is not the only supermarket looking to build in the village.
Tesco has also announced plans to build a new store on the site of Cheddar Football Club’s ground in Draycott Road, and exchanged contracts with the club earlier this year.
Ben Littman, Sainsbury’s regional development officer, told Cheddar Parish Council that there is ‘only room for one’ supermarket in the village, but that if Tesco had its application approved first, Sainsbury’s will not withdraw its own.
The store will be 23,000sq ft in size, boasting 290 car parking spaces and a customer café.
Caroline Vickerstaff, Sainsbury’s South West development surveyor, said: “It is important that the village community gives us its views at an early stage of our proposal.
“Only by developing our initial thinking with residents can we hope to open a store that meets their needs, and becomes a tangible part of this community.
“Every piece of feedback we receive is important, and of course we recognise that sections of the community have some concerns about the opening of a new store in the village.
“We hope that as many people as possible take the opportunity to discuss the plans with us, which is why we are holding the event in a central location at the Bath Arms Hotel.”
A statement from the store also said that plans to create a roundabout outside the building have been well received due as it would ‘considerably reduce traffic speed as vehicles enter Cheddar.’