Supermarket gets hearing over delivery hours

A SUPERMARKET giant has received confirmation that its appeal over delivery hours will be heard in February.

A SUPERMARKET giant has received confirmation that its appeal over delivery hours will be heard in February.

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 at the Queens Way store but that was turned down as well.

Sainsbury's then launched an appeal against the decision and it has been told a hearing will be held on February 13 at the Winter Gardens in Weston.

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When the first application was turned down Sainsbury's submitted another to allow it to receive deliveries on Sundays and bank holidays from 9am-5.30pm but those proposals were also turned down.

Supermarket bosses have not yet confirmed what they intend to do about the second application.

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Both sets of proposals were met with objection from several people living near the store.

Resident Norman Punter, who lives in Marlborough Drive, spoke on behalf of people living in his road and Appletree Court at a North Somerset Council planning and regulatory committee meeting.

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. 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.

If the proposals get the go ahead after the appeal hearing Sainsbury's will extend its delivery hours on a Sunday between 8am and 5pm and will be able to receive one additional delivery to take place between 5-6.30am from Monday to Saturday.

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