People power victory in Worle

RESIDENTS living in Worle have gained a victory over a supermarket giant.

RESIDENTS living in Worle have gained a victory over a supermarket giant.

Sainsbury’s in Worle wanted North Somerset Council to allow it to receive deliveries on Sundays and bank holidays from 9am-5.30pm but the proposals were met with objection from several people living near the Queens Way store.

The application was referred to North Somerset Council’s planning and regulatory committee which decides on controversial proposals. At the meeting members voted in favour of turning the application down.

Resident Norman Punter, who lives in Marlborough Drive, spoke on behalf of people living in his road and Appletree Court.

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He read out a number of letters from his neighbours expressing concerns over the planning application.

Sainsbury’s argued if the proposals were allowed to go ahead it would take a number of measures to deal with any increase in noise levels.

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They included getting in contact with all drivers to make sure they do not arrive earlier than permitted and putting down rubber matting to reduce the noise from roll cages.

The matter was referred from North Somerset Council’s west area committee earlier this month.

In March North Somerset Council refused to let Sainsbury’s start receiving deliveries early on a Sunday morning and for an extra hour each day in the week.

Supermarket bosses also wanted to be able to deliver for an extra hour on weekday mornings between 5-6.30am but that was turned down as well.

Sainsbury’s is currently appealing against the initial decision but in the meantime submitted the extra application.

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