Plans for new Sainsbury’s store in Nottinghamshire town to be scrapped

Bosses at supermarket giant Sainsbury’s say they are “extremely disappointed” that their plans for a new store in a Nottinghamshire town have been recommended to be rejected. The company wants to build a Sainsbury’s store on Nottingham Road, Southwell.

But the Newark and Sherwood District Council has recommended that the retailer’s planning request be rejected when it is considered at a meeting on March 16. Sainsbury’s said the multi-billion dollar development would create 40 new jobs.

However, the district council said the proposed store location was “not environmentally appropriate”. Patrick Dunne, Sainsbury’s director of acquisitions and properties, said: “We are extremely disappointed in this recommendation and disagree with the reasons listed.

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“Our application was submitted in September 2021 and since then we have worked incredibly hard to proactively mitigate any reservations with our proposals at the district and county level. This has included making a number of amendments to the scheme to address areas of concern.

“The people of Southwell have made it clear that a new grocery store is a much-needed addition to the town and a significant majority have indicated they would support Sainsbury’s in fulfilling this role.” In recommending the planning application for rejection, the district council documents said: “The socio-economic benefits of the scheme weighing in its favor have been considered.

“However, the proposal would result in the complete removal of identified important landscape vegetation to the north of the site and the partial removal and disruption of the western boundary of important vegetation.


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