New Sainsbury’s plan submitted

Sketch of Scarborough's Sainsburys
Sketch of Scarborough's Sainsburys

REVISED plans have been submitted for the proposed extension to Sainsbury’s supermarket in Falsgrave Road.

They have been drawn up following a public consultation exercise which found that, out of 189 feedback forms which were returned, 83 per cent – 157 of those who responded – were in favour of the proposal.

Two years ago fears were raised that the proposed scheme would lead to the loss of a neighbouring recreation centre and play area but the revised plans have preserved both facilities.

A spokesman said: “In 2009, Sainsbury’s consulted on an initial scheme to extend the store to the west, relocate Gladstone and Falsgrave Recreation Centre and make changes to Safe Ways Park.

“During the consultation it became clear that, whilst the majority of respondents were in favour of the store extension proposals, many people emphasised the importance of Safe Ways Park as a community facility. Many people said they would prefer Safe Ways Park to be left unaltered.

“Following this feedback and an emerging opportunity to acquire land to the east of the store, Sainsbury’s produced the proposals, which are the subject of the planning application.”

The supermarket consulted a number of groups and individuals for feedback about the planning application including: local ward councillors, Gladstone Road junior and infant schools, Scarborough Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Old Railway, Friends of Safe Ways Park, Scarborough Civic Society, Gladstone and Falsgrave Recreation Centre as well as neighbouring businesses and residents.

The spokesman said that the main reasons given in support of the scheme included: more space for extra produce, job creation for local people and a general improvement of the store.

He added that the main concerns were: the possible relocation of the recreation centre under the railway bridge, the possible loss of the multi use games area, the possible loss of the graffiti wall and most people did not want the play area to be affected.

If passed by Scarborough Council’s planning committee the plans could include:

• an extension to the west of the store

• an extra 33,900 sq ft of retail space

• a new mezzanine level customer restaurant

• a new store entrance

• a refurbished petrol station

• Acoustic screening around the service yard

• staff parking near Roscoe street.

And Sainsbury’s claim the extension would lead to the creation of about 85 new full and part-time jobs.

The proposed extension to the west side of the store would see it expand into vacant industrial land.

According to a report within the planning application the existing filling station would have an additional two petrol pumps with existing ones relocated as part of the refurbishment. There would also a new service road together with changes to the existing roads, pedestrian access and cycle paths.

Tesco is also looking to expand in Scarborough after its £20 million bid for land off Dean Road was accepted. Tesco is looking to build a 5,472 square metre store.