Braintree Council's decision about new Sainsbury's store to go before public inquiry

An artist's impression of how the new store will look

An artist's impression of how the new store will look

First published in News by , Reporter

A public inquiry will be held into Braintree Council’s decision to refuse plans for a massive new supermarket in Braintree.

Braintree Council threw out Sainsbury’s proposals for the new site on the Broomhills Industrial Estate in November, despite a petition of almost 2,000 signatures supporting the plans.

Councillors argued that the proposed store would have a detrimental impact on trade in the town centre, with David Manning adding: “If you want to continue to have a town full of charity shops this is probably the best way to go about it.”

Now the supermarket giant has referred the decision to a planning inspector with the hope of getting it overturned.

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10:16am Wed 2 Jul 14

UsernameTaken1955 says...

"Councillors argued that the proposed store would have a detrimental impact on trade in the town centre,"

Remind me how many Tesco stores we have ?
Or is it - Tesco pay a better rate of back-handers than Sainsbury ?
"Councillors argued that the proposed store would have a detrimental impact on trade in the town centre," Remind me how many Tesco stores we have ? Or is it - Tesco pay a better rate of back-handers than Sainsbury ? UsernameTaken1955
  • Score: 14

1:31pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Skrib69 says...

The number of Tesco's stores in town may be a cause for concern, but it is not an argument for or against the proposals from Sainsbury's.

The planning committee is only interested in facts.
Yes, it is outside the development envelope.
Yes, it will have a negative impact on the number of town centre visitors
Yes, the level of traffic in the area is intolerable now and will only get worse.
Yes, it will smarten up an eyesore and create jobs.
Yes, it is likely that there will be standing traffic on the A120 during peak times causing a hazard to other road users
Will it bring overall benefits to the town? I doubt it, and BDC agree.

Should it go ahead? I hope not.
The number of Tesco's stores in town may be a cause for concern, but it is not an argument for or against the proposals from Sainsbury's. The planning committee is only interested in facts. Yes, it is outside the development envelope. Yes, it will have a negative impact on the number of town centre visitors Yes, the level of traffic in the area is intolerable now and will only get worse. Yes, it will smarten up an eyesore and create jobs. Yes, it is likely that there will be standing traffic on the A120 during peak times causing a hazard to other road users Will it bring overall benefits to the town? I doubt it, and BDC agree. Should it go ahead? I hope not. Skrib69
  • Score: -12

1:56pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Jack222 says...

Competition is needed.
Competition is needed. Jack222
  • Score: 11

8:32am Thu 3 Jul 14

Skrib69 says...

Jack222 wrote:
Competition is needed.
I would agree with this, but the position is wrong......
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Competition is needed.[/p][/quote]I would agree with this, but the position is wrong...... Skrib69
  • Score: -4

11:35am Thu 3 Jul 14

peterh42 says...

So the access route in Springwood Industrial Estate through to the new
housing in Panfield Lane won't cause any traffic issues and of course when the new Braintree Town ground is built in the Panfield Lane development, that won't cause any traffic issues?

Still would have made more sense to build the Braintree Town ground next to the A120.


Is there going to be a Tescos on the Panfield Lane development?
So the access route in Springwood Industrial Estate through to the new housing in Panfield Lane won't cause any traffic issues and of course when the new Braintree Town ground is built in the Panfield Lane development, that won't cause any traffic issues? Still would have made more sense to build the Braintree Town ground next to the A120. Is there going to be a Tescos on the Panfield Lane development? peterh42
  • Score: 1

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