Sainsbury’s store and country park plan for Whittlesey set to get the go-ahead

How the store will look.

How the store will look. - Credit: Archant

Sainsbury’s revised plans for a store and country park in Whittlesey have been recommended for approval by planners.

The proposal for a food store, petrol station, parking, three roundabouts and a 54 acre country park at the Eastrea Road site will go before the planning committee at Fenland Hall on June 22.

Sainsbury’s says the fresh application “represents a minor redesign from the previously approved scheme.

“The access arrangements have had to be revised due to land ownership issues, from a four arm roundabout to a three arm roundabout and the site boundary has been slightly amended.”

A petition pushing for Fenland District Council to approve planning consent has been signed by 350 people. One objector says the revised plans will “prejudice” local businesses.

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The report, recommending approval, says: “The key issues for this proposal are the highway arrangement and safety, assessment of the retail aspects of the proposal, the design and layout of the development, visual impacts of the area, biodiversity considerations and the impacts of nearby developments/planning permissions.

“These issues have been considered and are found to be acceptable in this instance. As such, the proposal is therefore recommended for approval.”

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