Sainsbury's plan for Ambleside is recommended for approval

An artist's impression of the store Sainsbury's wants to build at Ambleside

An artist's impression of the store Sainsbury's wants to build at Ambleside

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a national supermarket in the heart of the Lake District are being recommended for approval.

Opinion has been polarised since Sainsbury’s unveiled plans to open a 14,000sqft store on land next to Hayes Garden World on Lake Road, Ambleside.

Following a consultation period the Lake District National Park Authority has received mixed responses from residents and relevant organisations.

An extensive report, recommending the plan is approved, will go before LDNPA’s development control committee next Wednesday.

Sixty-nine letters of objection were received - raising issues such as retail impact, traffic, landscape, noise, sustainability and flood risk.

The plan has also attracted criticism from Lakes Parish Council, Friends of the Lake District and the Ambleside Civic Trust.

The parish council said the development would have an ‘adverse affect on, and harm the character of, Ambleside’.

But the plan, which Sainsbury’s claim will create 100 full and part-time jobs, has also received 154 letters of backing for having the store in Ambleside.

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10:18pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Mrs. Pearson says...

Good idea and definately a refreshing change from tearooms and anorak shops and somewhere at last to buy proper normal clothing and ladies knickers!!
Good idea and definately a refreshing change from tearooms and anorak shops and somewhere at last to buy proper normal clothing and ladies knickers!! Mrs. Pearson
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7:45pm Thu 27 Mar 14

furthersouth says...

great idea, we could do with a few more shops in Ambleside. Empty ones that is. Once this opens a few of the smaller businesses will be priced out of the market by the heavily targeted and heavily discounted Supermarket chain. good luck to them I say. We've had two massive retail spaces vacant for almost a year now, a few more run down, ramshackle old shops won't do any harm, it's a shame that the 154 letters of backing are from folk who won;t be around to see the aftermath of the death of the village. chuck a Premier Inn up as well. A McD's maybe? Burger Ming? What else does every other boring British town have, a pound shop? a subway? pound bakery? could do with another coffee shop also. Can't have people coming on holiday and finding different stuff, after all.
great idea, we could do with a few more shops in Ambleside. Empty ones that is. Once this opens a few of the smaller businesses will be priced out of the market by the heavily targeted and heavily discounted Supermarket chain. good luck to them I say. We've had two massive retail spaces vacant for almost a year now, a few more run down, ramshackle old shops won't do any harm, it's a shame that the 154 letters of backing are from folk who won;t be around to see the aftermath of the death of the village. chuck a Premier Inn up as well. A McD's maybe? Burger Ming? What else does every other boring British town have, a pound shop? a subway? pound bakery? could do with another coffee shop also. Can't have people coming on holiday and finding different stuff, after all. furthersouth
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6:40pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Guiy de Montfort L'amaur says...

This is not needed in Ambleside, it might result in a fall of property prices.
This is not needed in Ambleside, it might result in a fall of property prices. Guiy de Montfort L'amaur
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