Sainsbury’s plans are rejected

Natwest bank to possibly become a Sainsburys on Scalby Rd.. pic Richard Ponter 150214a
Natwest bank to possibly become a Sainsburys on Scalby Rd.. pic Richard Ponter 150214a

Controversial plans to open a Sainsbury’s store in Newby have been refused after concerns over the impact of traffic in Scalby Road.

Scarborough Council’s planning committee turned down the supermarket giant’s application this afternoon following the decision by the Highways Authority to object to the plans.

Sainsbury’s wanted to demolish the vacant Natwest bank in Scalby Road and build a new store in its place.

However, North Yorkshire’s Highway Authority baulked at a revised application due to it being “a significant and undesirable intensification of the highway in the location”.

This was put down to access issues leading to queuing traffic and its “dangerous” location as a result of it being next to a pedestrian crossing.

In the report, which went before the council this afternoon, case officer Emily Murphy said: “The cumulative and interlinking effect on the highway in this case is a significant cause for concern to the authority.”

More than 380 letters of objections were submitted against the plans, with more than 600 people signing a petition calling for the council to throw out the application.

Valerie Astin, who lives in Scalby and works for Proudfoot, spoke out at the meeting at the Town Hall.

She said: “If this is approved it will lead to the loss of 15 jobs at Proudfoot, with three more at our head office.

“In time it will remain to be seen if any more jobs are lost if Sainsbury’s opens.”

Cllr Colin Haddington added: “I have grave, grave concerns about highway safety.

“We should refuse.”

The committee unanimously agreed.