Store pulls out of re­build plan

Coun­cil be­lieve Arla will give more ben­e­fit

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­

SAINS­BURY’S has pulled out of a plan to de­mol­ish and re­build its South Ruis­lip shop be­cause ri­val chain Asda has been granted per­mis­sion to open down the road.

Head of plan­ning for Sains­bury’s, Bruno Moore, said it would not be com­mer­cially vi­able for the su­per­mar­ket in Long Drive to follow through on its plan to dou­ble its size after Hilling­don Coun­cil ap­proved the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Arla Foods site in Vic­to­ria Road.

Coun­cil­lors on the ma­jor ap­pli­ca­tions plan­ning com­mit­tee gave the Arla plan the green light at a meet­ing at the Civic Cen­tre in High Street, Uxbridge on Tues­d­say last week.

Its plan in­cludes an Asda su­per­mar­ket, as well as an 11-screen cin­ema, fam­ily restau­rants and hous­ing.

Sains­bury’s sub­mit­ted a pe­ti­tion ob­ject­ing to the Arla plan. At the meet­ing, Mr Moore, said: “We have se­cured plan­ning per­mis­sion for the to­tal re­de­vel­op­ment f our store. It will ring a vastly im­proved ains­bury’s to South uis­lip, im­prov­ing the tal­ity and en­vi­ron­ment f the town. That will ot go ahead if the Arla heme is se­cured.” The coun­cil plan­ning fi­cer Matthew Duigan plained that of­fi­cers d to weigh up the ne­fits of de­vel­op­ing

Arla site against the pact of los­ing the new ns­bury’s store. Plan­ning depart­ment ided the re­gen­er­a­tive ben­e­fits and jobs cre­ated by the de­vel­op­ment of the for­mer Ex­press Dairy site out­weighed those pre­sented by the Sains­bury’s plan.

Will Sains­bury’s decision per­suade you to shop else­where? See the Let­ters pages for ways to get in touch

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