Sainsbury's first to submit plan for new village store

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 September 2012

A ground-level artist's impression of the proposed store

A ground-level artist's impression of the proposed store

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PROPOSALS for a new supermarket in Cheddar have been submitted, detailing plans to open a 3,773sq metre store in the village in 2014.

Sainsbury’s has formally filed planning documents outlining a store with 260 parking spaces which could be built on land at Steart Farm, off Lower New Road.

It would employ the equivalent of 63 full-time employees and open from 7am-10pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am-4pm on Sundays.

Several environmental assessments were submitted as part of the scheme, including a bat survey and tree protection plan.

The submission of the plans to Sedgemoor District Council means the chain has beaten rival Tesco to be the first supermarket to submit an application to build in the village.

Tesco wants to build a new store on the current grounds of Cheddar AFC in Draycott Road but is yet to submit any formal plans despite also having completed a public consultation.

Residents reacted angrily to news that the retail giants were looking to build in the village, arguing traffic would worsen and independent traders would be hit.

A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said 65 per cent of people who attended the store’s public consultation held earlier this year were supportive of at least some aspects of the proposal.

He added: “A number of suggestions were made on how the proposal could be improved and, where possible, these have been incorporated into the final plans.

“These include moving the store’s service yard to the rear of the site, adjacent to the existing industrial buildings at Cheddar Business Park, and incorporating more Somerset limestone in the façade of the building.

“Sainsbury’s has also provided more detail on the type of planting and landscaping that will feature in and around the store boundaries.”

Caroline Vickerstaff, Sainsbury’s regional development surveyor, said: “I would like to thank everyone who took the opportunity to give their thoughts and suggestions on our proposal.

“This information has been invaluable in helping us develop an application for what we consider the most appropriate site for a new foodstore for Cheddar.

“We are looking forward to continuing our discussions with residents and interested parties as our application makes its way through the planning process.”

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