Planners recommend refusal of out-of-town Sainsbury's store at Ulverston

First published in News The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

PLANNING experts have recommended that proposals for a major new out-of-town supermarket in Ulverston should be rejected.

Sainsbury’s wants to demolish existing buildings in Lightburn Road and build a 38,890 sq ft store, car park, filling station, kiosk and car wash.

Cumbria County Council’s development control and regulation committee is set to discuss the plan at today’s meeting in Kendal.

The council is a statutory consultee on the application, which was made to South Lakeland District Council last year and Paul Feehily, the council’s assistant director for planning and sustainability, says councillors should register their disapproval.

He believes another plan for a similarly-sized supermarket at the former Robinson’s brewery site in the main shopping area of Ulverston is the way forward.

Mr Feehily also recommended that SLDC should carry out an independent assessment of the likely retail impacts of the proposed Sainsbury’s foodstore development.

SLDC itself noted in a report last year that the Sainsbury’s application site was on greenfield land with poor visual links to the town centre.

It said the site could potentially accommodate a food superstore but previously developed sites should be favoured.

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Keep Ulverston Special has been encouraging people to oppose the development by urging them to write to SLDC and ‘say no to supermarkets’.

A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “The store would improve choice and quality for local residents and help keep more shoppers in the town.

“Research has shown Ulverston residents are using other towns, such as Barrow, to do their food shopping.”

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5:28pm Thu 3 Jan 13

ulverston2025 says...

Carlisle has a Sainsburys and lots of jobs. This scheme will bring us in Ulverston a decent supermarket and lots of jobs both in the supermarket and the business units Sainsburys are putting on the site. Recent research has shown that Cumbria is not delivering on inward investment and jobs so come on Cumbria County Council support private sector investment in Ulverston. Why should all the investment go to the north and Carlisle - we are forgotten down here. As for the Old Brewery site - that planning application was withdrawn before Christmas and anyway NO SUPERMARKET HAS EVER agreed to go on this site - it is so unsuitable and undevelopable.
Carlisle has a Sainsburys and lots of jobs. This scheme will bring us in Ulverston a decent supermarket and lots of jobs both in the supermarket and the business units Sainsburys are putting on the site. Recent research has shown that Cumbria is not delivering on inward investment and jobs so come on Cumbria County Council support private sector investment in Ulverston. Why should all the investment go to the north and Carlisle - we are forgotten down here. As for the Old Brewery site - that planning application was withdrawn before Christmas and anyway NO SUPERMARKET HAS EVER agreed to go on this site - it is so unsuitable and undevelopable. ulverston2025
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2:36pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Hoad Hill says...

It's about time that SLDC came clean on the status of the Old Brewery site application. What has happened to the recent application submitted in a hurry in an attempt to circumvent the Sainsbury's plan?
If there is no plan then stop promoting this site as an alternative to a legitimate and much supported plan by Sainsbury's.
Peter Thornton usually has a great deal to say on any matter perhaps he could explain what's happening here.
It's about time that SLDC came clean on the status of the Old Brewery site application. What has happened to the recent application submitted in a hurry in an attempt to circumvent the Sainsbury's plan? If there is no plan then stop promoting this site as an alternative to a legitimate and much supported plan by Sainsbury's. Peter Thornton usually has a great deal to say on any matter perhaps he could explain what's happening here. Hoad Hill
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4:10pm Fri 4 Jan 13

onelocal says...

Hoad Hill wrote:
It's about time that SLDC came clean on the status of the Old Brewery site application. What has happened to the recent application submitted in a hurry in an attempt to circumvent the Sainsbury's plan?
If there is no plan then stop promoting this site as an alternative to a legitimate and much supported plan by Sainsbury's.
Peter Thornton usually has a great deal to say on any matter perhaps he could explain what's happening here.
Interesting. This is the same thing that happened in Kendal. Sainsbury we're interested in the KRUFC site, but SLDC turned down the application, supported by the Inspector on appeal. The council were more in favor of a Tesco supermarket as part of the Gilkes development. Nothing more heard on that, just like the brewery site in Ulverston.
SLDC have a chance now to disprove the rumours that they are biased towards Tesco, by approving the Sainsbury application.
[quote][p][bold]Hoad Hill[/bold] wrote: It's about time that SLDC came clean on the status of the Old Brewery site application. What has happened to the recent application submitted in a hurry in an attempt to circumvent the Sainsbury's plan? If there is no plan then stop promoting this site as an alternative to a legitimate and much supported plan by Sainsbury's. Peter Thornton usually has a great deal to say on any matter perhaps he could explain what's happening here.[/p][/quote]Interesting. This is the same thing that happened in Kendal. Sainsbury we're interested in the KRUFC site, but SLDC turned down the application, supported by the Inspector on appeal. The council were more in favor of a Tesco supermarket as part of the Gilkes development. Nothing more heard on that, just like the brewery site in Ulverston. SLDC have a chance now to disprove the rumours that they are biased towards Tesco, by approving the Sainsbury application. onelocal
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4:28pm Fri 4 Jan 13

kwhitehead says...

Robinson's have been promoting the Old Brewery Site (with SLDC's support) for nearly 5 years. Sainsbury's say they were first approached about it in early 2008! Despite all the foodstores expanding rapidly in the intervening years not one has been able to make the site work and Robinson's still do not have a named operator. Even if they get planning consent for a new scheme it is clear no-one will want it. Too small and too expensive. Why do they and SLDC keep flogging this dead horse? What deal has been done behind the scenes? Money for the car park? There are lots of different profitable schemes which would work well on the site without such compromise to the conservation area, highways and local residents - hotel, restaurant, sheltered housing? Why are Robinsons not considering those? The Lightburn Road site is ideal for Sainsbury's. This is like Kendal all over again.
Robinson's have been promoting the Old Brewery Site (with SLDC's support) for nearly 5 years. Sainsbury's say they were first approached about it in early 2008! Despite all the foodstores expanding rapidly in the intervening years not one has been able to make the site work and Robinson's still do not have a named operator. Even if they get planning consent for a new scheme it is clear no-one will want it. Too small and too expensive. Why do they and SLDC keep flogging this dead horse? What deal has been done behind the scenes? Money for the car park? There are lots of different profitable schemes which would work well on the site without such compromise to the conservation area, highways and local residents - hotel, restaurant, sheltered housing? Why are Robinsons not considering those? The Lightburn Road site is ideal for Sainsbury's. This is like Kendal all over again. kwhitehead
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