A NEW Sainsbury's supermarket is going to be built in Wellesbourne after the scheme was given the go-ahead last night.
The supermarket, which will be 3,507sqm in size, is being built at Wellesbourne Distribution Park off Loxley Road. It is expected to create around 100 jobs.
Originally part of an £84 million development that included 99 homes, the houses were dropped from the application.
Keith Russell, from A&K Russell butcher’s shop in Wellesbourne, said the supermarket was bound to impact them.
“People say to me ‘Oh it won’t affect you’, but I think it might,” he said.
“We hope it won’t be for long though. People will try it for the first few weeks because it’s in the village. We are expecting a downturn for a month.”
Mr Russell, who has had his shop in the village since 1977, saw a similar downturn when the Co-op first opened.
Hoping that his customers will come back to him, or better yet, stay loyal throughout, he is more concerned over parking.
“If they’re going to have a big supermarket with places to park they’re going to beat us hands down,” he said. There will be an estimated 250 parking spaces put in next to Sainsbury's.
An ongoing problem for customers, he added: “If people can park [at the supermarket] they will just stop in one shop and then go home.”
Although Sainsbury’s claim a survey of the town found 70 per cent of people were in favour of the new supermarket, Wellesbourne district councillor David Johnston said: “I would say, having knocked on a few doors throughout the year, I think it is more like 50-50.”
Cllr Johnston’s major concern is the impact on the village centre, particularly on the independent butcher’s and baker’s shops.
But West’s Bakery on Warwick Road are not worried at all and told the Herald they were absolutely fine with a new Sainsbury’s in the village.
Cllr Johnston was disappointed that the district council’s retail consultant found that the supermarket would have no adverse impact on the village centre.
Because of this, Sainsbury’s and the developers do not have to pay any contribution money to the town, he said.
· Barwood Developments were granted planning permission to build a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Wellesbourne at Stratford District Council’s east area planning committee meeting at Kineton High School last Wednesday night (21at August).
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