Sainsbury’s decision due

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

The hundreds of people battling to stop Sainsbury’s from opening a new store in Newby are to find out if they have been successful.

Scarborough Council’s planning committee will meet on Thursday April 16 to decide whether to allow the retailer to demolish the vacant NatWest bank in Scalby Road and to build a new store in its place.

More than 380 letters of objection were submitted against the plans, with more than 600 people signing a petition calling for the council not to allow the supermarket to get its way.

The owners of nearby Proudfoot claim the store will lead to job losses for its staff if Sainsbury’s opens.

So far the council’s planning officers have stopped short of recommending a course of action for the councillors to take.

In their report it states: “The proposals are considered to be acceptable in terms of principle, visual amenity, residential amenity, ecology and trees.

“Matters relating to highway safety remain outstanding. Initial comments received from the Highway Authority and other bodies and individuals raised considerable concerns in respect of this issue. The inaccuracy of the applicants transport assessment as originally submitted raised doubts as to the true impact of the proposals.”

It will be up to councillors to decide if the new assessment is acceptable.