Sainsbury’s says it won’t abandon Whittlesey project

News: Fenland District Council, www.fenland.gov.uk

News: Fenland District Council, www.fenland.gov.uk

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Sainsbury’s has moved to re-assure residents it will not abandon its Whittlesey project.

The chain has plans to build a store in Whittlesey and is supporting the creation of a 60-acre Country Park.

Fears, though, had been growing that it was set to abandon the project in Eastrea Road after reports that it was to cut-back on opening new stores due to profit concerns.

The fears came after Sainsbury’s announced it was submitting a revised planning application for the site.

However, a statement issued by the store has moved to reassure residents.

It reads: “Sainsbury’s has submitted a planning application to Fenland District Council proposing a new access to the store and some minor amendments to the wider scheme.

“These include increasing the number of pumps at the petrol station from four to six, an additional 12 parking spaces for the store and some new concessions to provide a better range of services for our customers.

“We will be working with the council through the planning process and will keep the local community updated on our progress.”

The announcement in October that a new application was to be submitted came soon after the chain had come through lengthy legal wrangling to secure planning permission.

It prompted the town’s Mayor, Councillor David Mason to personally appeal to Sainsbury’s chairman David Tyler to proceed with the project.

Sainsbury’s are helping to finance the proposed new Country Park which was tied into the application for the new store.

Responding to the supermarket’s statement, the chairman of the Whittlesey Country Park management committee Martin Whitwell said: “This is a clear indication that Sainsbury’s still intend to proceed with their plans.

“I am delighted that progress continues to be made, and look forward to receiving more positive news in the new year.”

Residents can contact the committee at FriendsOfWhittleseyCountryPark@yahoo.co.uk.