OFFICIALS at Stratford District Council are recommending approval of a scheme to build a Sainsbury's food store at Wellesbourne.
The scheme was originally proposed as part of an £84 million project that also included 99 homes – but the homes element of the scheme is not included in the current planning application.
The application will be considered tonight (Wednesday) by Stratford District Council’s east area planning committee.
Wellesbourne Parish Council has already objected to the scheme, which is proposed for the Wellesbourne Distribution Park in Loxley Road.
The parish council argues that the development would exacerbate traffic problems on Loxley Road and the Dovehouse Estate and fears there could be an adverse effect on existing businesses, leading to potential loss of the One-Stop stores, one of which houses the village post office.
However, the district council officials say the location is currently in commercial use and remains allocated as a site for commercial and industrial use in the local plan.
They make the point that the proposed retail store is a commercial operation that will provide more than 100 jobs.
The officials say that the development would not have a significant adverse effect on the village centre—as confirmed by the council’s retail consultant—or any unacceptable harmful effects on the character or appearance of the area or the amenities of neighbours.
Recommending approval of the scheme, the officials say that the store should not have a pharmacy, a post office or a cafeteria or restaurant. There should also be no separate franchises in the store.
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