Sainsbury’s vows to carry on Asda battle
SAINSBURY’S is refusing to throw in the towel in its bid to prevent a rival Asda store opening in South Ruislip.
The supermarket giant will continue its opposition to a £100 million leisure and shopping development, which includes a 40,000sq ft Asda, despite having its application for a judicial review refused.
Sainsbury’s confirmed it will request a verbal hearing in the High Court so that its lawyers can argue against the judge’s ruling and reiterate their case for the courts to review the process through which the Arla proposals won planning permission.
A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “We’re disappointed with the judge’s comments and still have a number of questions about the way in which Hillingdon Council approved the application.
“We will be requesting a verbal hearing with the judge so we can discuss our concerns and seek greater clarity on the points made in the report.”
The development would include an Asda supermarket, a cinema complex, five restaurants, 14 houses and 118 flats at the derelict former dairy site in Victoria Road. It is expected to create up to 530 jobs.
Sainsbury’s has a store nearby, in Long Drive, which it has had planning permission to double the size of since 2006, but has not acted on.
The oral court hearing is expected to be held within the next three months, further delaying the Arla project, which had originally been scheduled to begin in March.
Citygrove Securities Ltd, the firm behind the plans, has previously estimated that a judicial review could delay the project by up to a year and cost the council upwards of £200,000.
Managing director Andrew Rennie said: “It’s extraordinary Sainsbury’s should decide to appeal the judge’s decision. All of Sainsbury’s grounds for a judicial review were robustly dismissed.
“I am confident that yet again Sainsbury’s actions will fail, but it does further delay our ability to start works to deliver further facilities and jobs within South Ruislip.”
Sid Jackson, vice chair of the South Ruislip Residents’ Association, said: “We’re very disappointed Sainsbury’s are behaving in the way they are, rather than trying to work with and regenerate the community.”