Get involved! Send your photos, video, news & views by texting MG NEWS to 80360 or e-mail us
Store opts out of supermarket plan
2:00pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
SAINSBURY’S has ruled itself out the Ledbury store site because of what it calls “constraints”.
Ben Littman, Sainsbury’s regional development manager, said: “We were approached by PLK Properties regarding a development for Bye Street in Ledbury.
“I can confirm that Sainsbury’s is not interested in this site, due to the constraints.”
The store, under present PLK proposals, would require deliveries off Bye Street but this has concerned many residents because of the road’s narrowness and on-street parking.
In his presentation to the town council, Philip King of PLK Properties explained some sizeable buildings would have to be left intact, such as the BT exchange and the Brewery Inn, and the recreation ground and war memorial site would have to be partially built on to replace community buildings.
He also outlined the proposed store would have a 270-space underground car park.
Mr King said in response to the Sainsbury’s announcement: “Obviously, Sainsbury’s are still keen to get to the edge of town for a supermarket, but if we are successful, that might not come back in.
“We are not disappointed and we are not at the end game.”
Mr King said Sainsbury's was not the only possible buyer for the proposed Lawnside store.
Coun Liz Harvey said: “It is nice to have this confirmed by Sainsbury’s, and it is interesting that they see constraints at the Lawnside Road site.”
* Sainsbury’s and Tesco both applied two years ago to build superstores off the bypass. Tesco withdrew its application.
Sainsbury’s agreed to buy the Galebreakers factory site in the event of development but its planning application was rejected by Herefordshire Council.
Galebreakers has recently secured permission to move to a custom-built factory off the Bromyard Road.
Comments are closed on this article.