Sainsbury's plan for Lake District town gets new look after public feedback

The Westmorland Gazette: The newly-modelled Sainsbury's store The newly-modelled Sainsbury's store

PLANS for a multi-million pound Sainsbury’s store in Ambleside have been re-drawn following public feedback this summer.

The new-look version - released this week - goes on public display in the town this Saturday.

Sainsbury’s, which has been wanting to move into South Cumbria for three years, says it has redesigned its plans and urged the public to attend the event.

In July this year, the company held exhibitions showing what the store - on land south of Hayes Garden World - might look like.

The company said Sainsbury’s has made ‘some improvements’.

These include moving the building back from being immediately next to Lake Road, improving the detailed exterior design and reducing the height of the roof.

Before a planning application is submitted to the Lake District National Park Authority, an exhibition of the new plans will be held at Ambleside Parish Centre on Saturday December 7 between 9:30am-2:30pm.

Andrew Sanderson, Sainsbury’s regional development manager, said: “Our first consultation was met positively and we received lots of great feedback from the local community. However, it became apparent that there were a couple of issues that we needed to consider further.

“We’ve taken onboard these comments and look forward to displaying the updated proposals at Ambleside Parish Centre on Saturday the 7th of December. I would encourage anyone with an interest in this exciting scheme to come along and take a look at the improvements we’ve made.”

Sainsbury’s plans include a 14,000 sq ft foodstore, with 142 dedicated car parking spaces. It says the development would also create up to 100 new full and part-time jobs.

The store hopes it would be a 'trolley shop' destination so residents did not have to make journeys to Windermere and Kendal.

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1:55pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Ambience says...

The sooner they build it the better. I live in Windermere and I would travel to Ambleside to shop at a Sainsbury's.
The sooner they build it the better. I live in Windermere and I would travel to Ambleside to shop at a Sainsbury's. Ambience

4:28pm Wed 4 Dec 13

shirtbox2003 says...

why mess about in ambleside.there is a site in grange over sands going begging as booths look to be dithering due to the milnthorpe disaster.they would do well in grange.
why mess about in ambleside.there is a site in grange over sands going begging as booths look to be dithering due to the milnthorpe disaster.they would do well in grange. shirtbox2003

9:47pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Lakeuk says...

Ambience wrote:
The sooner they build it the better. I live in Windermere and I would travel to Ambleside to shop at a Sainsbury's.
You're going to be spoil for choice when Sainsburys build their supermarket in Kendal as well
[quote][p][bold]Ambience[/bold] wrote: The sooner they build it the better. I live in Windermere and I would travel to Ambleside to shop at a Sainsbury's.[/p][/quote]You're going to be spoil for choice when Sainsburys build their supermarket in Kendal as well Lakeuk

7:03pm Thu 5 Dec 13

1207 says...

shirtbox2003 wrote:
why mess about in ambleside.there is a site in grange over sands going begging as booths look to be dithering due to the milnthorpe disaster.they would do well in grange.
Why not open a Tesco or better still a Aldi ....
I would love to know why shirtbox2003 thinks that the Booths in Milnthorpe is a disaster and also why they are dithering in Grange?
Every time someone tries to build a shop the vocal minority start to complain and than get into there car and drive to Asda and Morrisons for there weekly shop.
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox2003[/bold] wrote: why mess about in ambleside.there is a site in grange over sands going begging as booths look to be dithering due to the milnthorpe disaster.they would do well in grange.[/p][/quote]Why not open a Tesco or better still a Aldi .... I would love to know why shirtbox2003 thinks that the Booths in Milnthorpe is a disaster and also why they are dithering in Grange? Every time someone tries to build a shop the vocal minority start to complain and than get into there car and drive to Asda and Morrisons for there weekly shop. 1207

7:50am Fri 6 Dec 13

furthersouth says...

Ambience wrote:
The sooner they build it the better. I live in Windermere and I would travel to Ambleside to shop at a Sainsbury's.
have you SEEN the traffic from Windermere to Ambleside int he summer?
[quote][p][bold]Ambience[/bold] wrote: The sooner they build it the better. I live in Windermere and I would travel to Ambleside to shop at a Sainsbury's.[/p][/quote]have you SEEN the traffic from Windermere to Ambleside int he summer? furthersouth

7:52am Fri 6 Dec 13

furthersouth says...

That's going to spoli my view from my holiday home. I'm putting a commitee together to out bid Sainsbury's on the land. Going to extend my garden and put a wind turbine in it.
That's going to spoli my view from my holiday home. I'm putting a commitee together to out bid Sainsbury's on the land. Going to extend my garden and put a wind turbine in it. furthersouth

11:35am Fri 6 Dec 13

Ambience says...

furthersouth wrote:
Ambience wrote:
The sooner they build it the better. I live in Windermere and I would travel to Ambleside to shop at a Sainsbury's.
have you SEEN the traffic from Windermere to Ambleside int he summer?
It's not that bad until you get to the one way system. The Sainsbury's would be before that coming from Windermere.
[quote][p][bold]furthersouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ambience[/bold] wrote: The sooner they build it the better. I live in Windermere and I would travel to Ambleside to shop at a Sainsbury's.[/p][/quote]have you SEEN the traffic from Windermere to Ambleside int he summer?[/p][/quote]It's not that bad until you get to the one way system. The Sainsbury's would be before that coming from Windermere. Ambience

6:00pm Fri 6 Dec 13

furthersouth says...

I live in Ambleside and always laugh at the traffic backed up to Langdale chase and beyond, always we wonder, what's the point of sitting in that queue?
I live in Ambleside and always laugh at the traffic backed up to Langdale chase and beyond, always we wonder, what's the point of sitting in that queue? furthersouth

6:01pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

It's good to see they are making an effort to blend in with the surroundings and listen to people's views. I picked up a leaflet in Ambleside library and read about the proposed store back in summer. I wonder if this store will be big enough to stock the 'Basics' range of own-brand, low-priced food: eg. rice pudding at 15p per tin and very nice too. Not everybody in the area is a second-home owner in a Range Rover!
It's good to see they are making an effort to blend in with the surroundings and listen to people's views. I picked up a leaflet in Ambleside library and read about the proposed store back in summer. I wonder if this store will be big enough to stock the 'Basics' range of own-brand, low-priced food: eg. rice pudding at 15p per tin and very nice too. Not everybody in the area is a second-home owner in a Range Rover! Milkbutnosugarplease

6:10pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Ambience says...

furthersouth wrote:
I live in Ambleside and always laugh at the traffic backed up to Langdale chase and beyond, always we wonder, what's the point of sitting in that queue?
It's not like that at 9.30 in the morning, and it's not even like that all day every day. If you look for negatives you'll find them. There are so many negative thinking people round here.
[quote][p][bold]furthersouth[/bold] wrote: I live in Ambleside and always laugh at the traffic backed up to Langdale chase and beyond, always we wonder, what's the point of sitting in that queue?[/p][/quote]It's not like that at 9.30 in the morning, and it's not even like that all day every day. If you look for negatives you'll find them. There are so many negative thinking people round here. Ambience

10:17am Sat 7 Dec 13

Spotty Fish says...

I assumed they had got planning permission because of the building work that is going on at the Hayes site. What are they building there if it isn't Sainsbury's?
I assumed they had got planning permission because of the building work that is going on at the Hayes site. What are they building there if it isn't Sainsbury's? Spotty Fish

10:41pm Sat 7 Dec 13

furthersouth says...

Spotty Fish wrote:
I assumed they had got planning permission because of the building work that is going on at the Hayes site. What are they building there if it isn't Sainsbury's?
affordable homes and social, but don't tell anyone! Ssshhhhh! There will be uproar! Someone will try to buy the land they are built on!
[quote][p][bold]Spotty Fish[/bold] wrote: I assumed they had got planning permission because of the building work that is going on at the Hayes site. What are they building there if it isn't Sainsbury's?[/p][/quote]affordable homes and social, but don't tell anyone! Ssshhhhh! There will be uproar! Someone will try to buy the land they are built on! furthersouth

6:11pm Sun 8 Dec 13

king edwards says...

shirtbox2003 wrote:
why mess about in ambleside.there is a site in grange over sands going begging as booths look to be dithering due to the milnthorpe disaster.they would do well in grange.
Why build in Grange on place that floods and will only be about 6000 sq ft if they can build a 14000 sq ft store and no risk of flooding?
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox2003[/bold] wrote: why mess about in ambleside.there is a site in grange over sands going begging as booths look to be dithering due to the milnthorpe disaster.they would do well in grange.[/p][/quote]Why build in Grange on place that floods and will only be about 6000 sq ft if they can build a 14000 sq ft store and no risk of flooding? king edwards

2:11pm Mon 9 Dec 13

archiebored says...

rumour has it, that tesco extra has bought the old british legion building in grange.
that should get the kogs turning!
rumour has it, that tesco extra has bought the old british legion building in grange. that should get the kogs turning! archiebored

4:32pm Tue 10 Dec 13

jazzactivist says...

I thought the public feedback was that a Sainsburys isn't needed or wanted in Ambleside, not just about tweaking how it looks. It seems that once a supermarket has decided it is going to locate to a particular place, without any consideration for the existing businesses and community, it is then only willing to make the absolute minimum of changes to pass planning consent, and our weak Council lets it. Supermarkets are just not needed here, where our towns have lots of shops and farmers markets, and there is always a farm shop near to every village. We certainly don't need one in Grange with our brilliant range of local shops, including two small supermarkets for people who want that type of shopping.

Whoever commented on the Sainsbury's own brand rice pudding at 15p per tin - would anyone else dare to eat it? Imagine what's really in it (bet it's not real rice) and, even worse, how little they paid the producers / canners / distributors, and how little they must have paid their workers... People all down the chain of production hardly able to afford to eat just so that we can eat cheaply. It's easy to buy good, affordable food in and around the Lakes, and support your local economy whilst doing so. All it takes is a willingness to be part of things. It's disappointing that Sainsburys is being so relentless about this.
I thought the public feedback was that a Sainsburys isn't needed or wanted in Ambleside, not just about tweaking how it looks. It seems that once a supermarket has decided it is going to locate to a particular place, without any consideration for the existing businesses and community, it is then only willing to make the absolute minimum of changes to pass planning consent, and our weak Council lets it. Supermarkets are just not needed here, where our towns have lots of shops and farmers markets, and there is always a farm shop near to every village. We certainly don't need one in Grange with our brilliant range of local shops, including two small supermarkets for people who want that type of shopping. Whoever commented on the Sainsbury's own brand rice pudding at 15p per tin - would anyone else dare to eat it? Imagine what's really in it (bet it's not real rice) and, even worse, how little they paid the producers / canners / distributors, and how little they must have paid their workers... People all down the chain of production hardly able to afford to eat just so that we can eat cheaply. It's easy to buy good, affordable food in and around the Lakes, and support your local economy whilst doing so. All it takes is a willingness to be part of things. It's disappointing that Sainsburys is being so relentless about this. jazzactivist

5:04pm Tue 10 Dec 13

fellsman says...

Hey Jazz Activist is off again - Seem to recall that the main one against this supermarket was you and you don't even live in Ambleside - Obvious if its not needed it will go bust fairly soon - I think though it will do very well, Bring it on.
Hey Jazz Activist is off again - Seem to recall that the main one against this supermarket was you and you don't even live in Ambleside - Obvious if its not needed it will go bust fairly soon - I think though it will do very well, Bring it on. fellsman

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