Long wait set to end as Sainsbury’s store and country park is approved for Whittlesey

The inside of a Sainsbury's store
The inside of a Sainsbury's store
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A long-awaited Sainsbury’s for Whittlesey looks to finally have the go ahead after a planning application was approved.

Councillors on Fenland District Council’s planning committee agreed today (Monday, June 22) to end the town’s wait for a major supermarket store.

The application also includes plans for a 54 acre country park and health centre, as well as a petrol station, new roundabout and additional parking spaces.

The site of the eagerly anticipated store, which has received the backing of Whittlesey Town Council, would be at Lattersley Fields, off Eastrea Road.

A planning application had been agreed last year, but a new one 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 need for a second planning application prompted then Whittlesey Mayor, Councillor David Mason, to make a personal plea to Sainsbury’s chairman David Tyler and board of directors to go ahead with the project.

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

Tesco was also due to open a store in Station Road, Whittlesey, but mothballed it in early January, as well as a planned store in Chatteris.

The chain then agreed to set up a £20,000 ‘community fund’ to benefit residents in both towns.

Speaking after the application for the new Sainsbury’s store was agreed, Martin Whitwell, chairman of the Whittlesey Country Park committee, said: “It’s the right result for Whittlesey. It’s been held up for too long.”