New Whittlesey retail store plans receive backing

Members of the Whittlesey Country Park committee.
Members of the Whittlesey Country Park committee.
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A new application for a huge Sainsbury’s development in Whittlesey has met with approval.

Whittlesey Town Council voted last week to show its support for the proposed new store in Eastrea Road.

The application would also see a new 54-acre park and health centre created.

Councillors were unanimous in their support for the proposals and have since conveyed that message to Fenland District Council.

A decision on whether to approve the plans will be made by the district council later this year, with no date fixed.

The new application was needed as the land required to access the store could not be secured.

Under the changed proposals, access will come from a roundabout further along Eastrea Road.

The application will also increase the number of proposed parking spaces from 386 to 398 and the number of petrol pumps from four to six.

Sainsbury’s won permission to build the supermarket in Eastrea Road ahead of Tesco after a protracted legal battle.

The town council’s planning meeting on Wednesday, January 28 included the reading of a letter from Dave Lazenby, town planner at Sainsbury’s.

Mr Lazenby wrote: “Sainsbury’s is acutely aware of the frustrations of the local community.

“The delays brought about by the legal challenges were unfortunately unavoidable.”

Wednesday’s meeting saw all available seats taken up by members of the public.

It was revealed that Peterborough country park Ferry Meadows is giving free advice to representatives from the Whittlesey Country Park committee on issues like planting.

Councillor Dee Laws, chair of the town council’s planning committee, said: “We have been in constant contact with Sainsbury’s and want to bring this to fruition. This meeting demonstrates the support of the community is still there.”

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