Sainsbury's gets go ahead to build store in Ambleside from Lake District planners

Sainsbury's gets go ahead to build store in Ambleside from Lake District planners

Sainsbury's gets go ahead to build store in Ambleside from Lake District planners

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AMBLESIDE is to get its fourth supermarket after Sainsbury's was today given the go ahead to build a store on the outskirts of the town.

The supermarket giants received planning permission to build a 14,000sqft site off Lake Road, near Hayes Garden World.

Opinion had been divided over the plan with fears raised over the impact on local retailers, traffic, landscape and flood risk.

However it also received widespread approval with 171 letters of support against 71 letters of objection. 

A meeting of the Lake District National Park Authority’s development control committee heard that the store is predicted to lead to a reduction of town centre trading by five per cent.

Bob May, who was speaking on behalf of Sainsbury’s, said the development would create the equivalent of 60 full-time jobs.

There were objections from Lakes Parish Council, Ambleside Civic Trust and Friends of the Lake District while Cumbria County Council’s Highways raised no concerns. Committee members debated for around 30 minutes before following their officer’s recommendation to approve subject to conditions.

Afterwards, Sainsbury's issued a statement.

Sue Smales, Sainsbury's town planning Manager, said: "We are delighted with the decision that the Lake District National Park Authority has made today.

"This store will ensure that people living in the local area no longer have to travel further afield to do their shopping and will create up to 100 full and part-time jobs for local people.

"We've worked very hard to design a store that is in keeping with the local area and we believe it will become an important part of the local community.

"We will keep everyone updated as the project moves forward. I would like to thank all supporters who have helped to make this happen."

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Andrew Dewhurst, of joint applicant Maple Grove Developments, said: “The Lake District National Park Authority’s decision to approve this application is fantastic news for Ambleside.

"In the last few months we’ve worked very hard to make sure that this new Sainsbury’s will be right for the local area, and it’s great that today we’ve been given the go-ahead.

"I’d like to thank all members of the community who participated in the consultation process; the feedback we received was invaluable in making sure that our plans met the needs of local people."

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5:54pm Wed 2 Apr 14

tourer says...

great news for the local and outlying area , its all about choice and creating new jobs , we just need the large budget hotels to arrive and we can compete and offer variety great news , embrace change, especially since the problems with the teaching facility a few years ago..
great news for the local and outlying area , its all about choice and creating new jobs , we just need the large budget hotels to arrive and we can compete and offer variety great news , embrace change, especially since the problems with the teaching facility a few years ago.. tourer
  • Score: 15

7:03pm Wed 2 Apr 14

furthersouth says...

disgusting, we're off!
disgusting, we're off! furthersouth
  • Score: -25

8:03pm Wed 2 Apr 14

furthersouth says...

why don't they move K village, brick by brick and rebuild it in Ambleside and be done with it?
why don't they move K village, brick by brick and rebuild it in Ambleside and be done with it? furthersouth
  • Score: -17

9:02pm Wed 2 Apr 14

westerman says...

Soul destroying !Devastated! this site is directly opposite my house, the views and tranquility I bought the property for will be no more. The small business in Ambleside will be put out of business and the one way shopping loop will be over populated with more coffee shops! The death knell for Ambleside I' m afraid. I'd sell up and move but quite simply can't stomach the financial losses this will impact on my house ;-(
Soul destroying !Devastated! this site is directly opposite my house, the views and tranquility I bought the property for will be no more. The small business in Ambleside will be put out of business and the one way shopping loop will be over populated with more coffee shops! The death knell for Ambleside I' m afraid. I'd sell up and move but quite simply can't stomach the financial losses this will impact on my house ;-( westerman
  • Score: -26

9:27pm Wed 2 Apr 14

furthersouth says...

westerman wrote:
Soul destroying !Devastated! this site is directly opposite my house, the views and tranquility I bought the property for will be no more. The small business in Ambleside will be put out of business and the one way shopping loop will be over populated with more coffee shops! The death knell for Ambleside I' m afraid. I'd sell up and move but quite simply can't stomach the financial losses this will impact on my house ;-(
maybe we should get a group of locals together and club together to buy the land. It would make an excellent green space. I'm sure Hayes would bite our hands off if we offered more than Sainsbury's. It worked up Fisherbeck Park. We could gazump them.
[quote][p][bold]westerman[/bold] wrote: Soul destroying !Devastated! this site is directly opposite my house, the views and tranquility I bought the property for will be no more. The small business in Ambleside will be put out of business and the one way shopping loop will be over populated with more coffee shops! The death knell for Ambleside I' m afraid. I'd sell up and move but quite simply can't stomach the financial losses this will impact on my house ;-([/p][/quote]maybe we should get a group of locals together and club together to buy the land. It would make an excellent green space. I'm sure Hayes would bite our hands off if we offered more than Sainsbury's. It worked up Fisherbeck Park. We could gazump them. furthersouth
  • Score: -18

9:50am Thu 3 Apr 14

Spotty Fish says...

furthersouth says...

disgusting, we're off!

Bye then! Go and preserve another part of the country in aspic.
furthersouth says... disgusting, we're off! Bye then! Go and preserve another part of the country in aspic. Spotty Fish
  • Score: 14

10:08am Thu 3 Apr 14

greenbell says...

westerman wrote:
Soul destroying !Devastated! this site is directly opposite my house, the views and tranquility I bought the property for will be no more. The small business in Ambleside will be put out of business and the one way shopping loop will be over populated with more coffee shops! The death knell for Ambleside I' m afraid. I'd sell up and move but quite simply can't stomach the financial losses this will impact on my house ;-(
I can really feel for westerman. We have had our neighbourhood ruined by traffic thanks to SLDC and moving is not an option due to expense etc.
[quote][p][bold]westerman[/bold] wrote: Soul destroying !Devastated! this site is directly opposite my house, the views and tranquility I bought the property for will be no more. The small business in Ambleside will be put out of business and the one way shopping loop will be over populated with more coffee shops! The death knell for Ambleside I' m afraid. I'd sell up and move but quite simply can't stomach the financial losses this will impact on my house ;-([/p][/quote]I can really feel for westerman. We have had our neighbourhood ruined by traffic thanks to SLDC and moving is not an option due to expense etc. greenbell
  • Score: -10

9:38pm Thu 3 Apr 14

successful_loser says...

furthersouth wrote:
disgusting, we're off!
Bye then! Leave it for us folk who actually live here, always have done, always will do. Holiday property people are who ruin the area, not shopping outlets that will allow for better choice, better convenience without having to travel to Kendal as well as more people visiting the area.
[quote][p][bold]furthersouth[/bold] wrote: disgusting, we're off![/p][/quote]Bye then! Leave it for us folk who actually live here, always have done, always will do. Holiday property people are who ruin the area, not shopping outlets that will allow for better choice, better convenience without having to travel to Kendal as well as more people visiting the area. successful_loser
  • Score: 19

10:08pm Thu 3 Apr 14

fellsman says...

Great news - won't have to have a 40 mile round trip to do the shopping now - the Coop and Spar have no worries though as all the people who are winging obviously do all their shopping there - somehow I think not - great news for jobs - why shouldn't local people have the same opportunity to shop in these sort of places as most other communities in the country of a similar size - pity about Further South moving, but from his comments, don't think he'll be missed.
Great news - won't have to have a 40 mile round trip to do the shopping now - the Coop and Spar have no worries though as all the people who are winging obviously do all their shopping there - somehow I think not - great news for jobs - why shouldn't local people have the same opportunity to shop in these sort of places as most other communities in the country of a similar size - pity about Further South moving, but from his comments, don't think he'll be missed. fellsman
  • Score: 19

7:41am Fri 4 Apr 14

furthersouth says...

like i've said before, you'd have to be insane to actually go to a supermarket for your "big shop". Especially in the digital age. Online shopping from a massive store in a town where jobs a scarce. Creates jobs in run down areas. We don't have to waste a day, better things to do like having a life, driving to Kendal or Barrow to do a shop. Why, when it comes to us, in a van. All we have to do is put it away. If we need extra stuff, then we go to the local shops. We buy all our meat products from the fantastic Freddie's. Minimising the time spent dragging children around a shop which means more valuable family time and time to enjoy our beautiful Lake District where we a re lucky to live and have done since time eternal. You need to wake up folks, you really do. It's like living in the 90's. At least you will be able to pay for your shopping with a cheque book.
like i've said before, you'd have to be insane to actually go to a supermarket for your "big shop". Especially in the digital age. Online shopping from a massive store in a town where jobs a scarce. Creates jobs in run down areas. We don't have to waste a day, better things to do like having a life, driving to Kendal or Barrow to do a shop. Why, when it comes to us, in a van. All we have to do is put it away. If we need extra stuff, then we go to the local shops. We buy all our meat products from the fantastic Freddie's. Minimising the time spent dragging children around a shop which means more valuable family time and time to enjoy our beautiful Lake District where we a re lucky to live and have done since time eternal. You need to wake up folks, you really do. It's like living in the 90's. At least you will be able to pay for your shopping with a cheque book. furthersouth
  • Score: -13

10:21am Fri 4 Apr 14

cyclewhitton says...

I just can't believe how short sighted the planning department have been. No precedence, rejected in Kendal and other sites, opposed by the Parish Council, opposed by Friends of the Lake District, a proposal that doesn't even conform to Sainsbury's own corporate 20x20 sustainability plans for green stores. A size and scale that totally outweighs demand.
They're laughing all the way to the bank. I'm really disgusted. Totally agree with the comments from Moonbase above.
I think time will only show what a terrible mistake this is and by the time the store has had it's impact on local businesses and the environment, it'll be too late.
Truly very sad.
I just can't believe how short sighted the planning department have been. No precedence, rejected in Kendal and other sites, opposed by the Parish Council, opposed by Friends of the Lake District, a proposal that doesn't even conform to Sainsbury's own corporate 20x20 sustainability plans for green stores. A size and scale that totally outweighs demand. They're laughing all the way to the bank. I'm really disgusted. Totally agree with the comments from Moonbase above. I think time will only show what a terrible mistake this is and by the time the store has had it's impact on local businesses and the environment, it'll be too late. Truly very sad. cyclewhitton
  • Score: -15

10:27am Fri 4 Apr 14

cyclewhitton says...

furthersouth wrote:
westerman wrote:
Soul destroying !Devastated! this site is directly opposite my house, the views and tranquility I bought the property for will be no more. The small business in Ambleside will be put out of business and the one way shopping loop will be over populated with more coffee shops! The death knell for Ambleside I' m afraid. I'd sell up and move but quite simply can't stomach the financial losses this will impact on my house ;-(
maybe we should get a group of locals together and club together to buy the land. It would make an excellent green space. I'm sure Hayes would bite our hands off if we offered more than Sainsbury's. It worked up Fisherbeck Park. We could gazump them.
Does anyone know the site price? I suspect at this stage the site is already owned by Sainsburys' though.
[quote][p][bold]furthersouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]westerman[/bold] wrote: Soul destroying !Devastated! this site is directly opposite my house, the views and tranquility I bought the property for will be no more. The small business in Ambleside will be put out of business and the one way shopping loop will be over populated with more coffee shops! The death knell for Ambleside I' m afraid. I'd sell up and move but quite simply can't stomach the financial losses this will impact on my house ;-([/p][/quote]maybe we should get a group of locals together and club together to buy the land. It would make an excellent green space. I'm sure Hayes would bite our hands off if we offered more than Sainsbury's. It worked up Fisherbeck Park. We could gazump them.[/p][/quote]Does anyone know the site price? I suspect at this stage the site is already owned by Sainsburys' though. cyclewhitton
  • Score: 3

2:54pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Guiy de Montfort L'amaur says...

An up market Waitrose would be more appealling for the Lakes.

Guiy de Montfort L'amaur
An up market Waitrose would be more appealling for the Lakes. Guiy de Montfort L'amaur Guiy de Montfort L'amaur
  • Score: -7

4:45pm Fri 4 Apr 14

mintcakeminer says...

Buying the "big shop" from the internet is already having a negative impact on supermarket profits. You don't tend to be tempted by extras in an online shop and just buy for the items you need. You can control your budget and it is convenient. In a real store displays encourage impulse purchases so expect lots of non essential lines and a big booze department in this new shop.
Buying the "big shop" from the internet is already having a negative impact on supermarket profits. You don't tend to be tempted by extras in an online shop and just buy for the items you need. You can control your budget and it is convenient. In a real store displays encourage impulse purchases so expect lots of non essential lines and a big booze department in this new shop. mintcakeminer
  • Score: -2

5:37pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Grumpyoldbiker says...

I think people will be disappointed when the new Sainsburys store is open. They are not a 'cheap' supermarket and I am sure they will pitch their prices to suit. If you wanted competition then an Aldi or Lidl would have been more logical.
I think people will be disappointed when the new Sainsburys store is open. They are not a 'cheap' supermarket and I am sure they will pitch their prices to suit. If you wanted competition then an Aldi or Lidl would have been more logical. Grumpyoldbiker
  • Score: 4

4:57pm Sat 5 Apr 14

ImFromAmbleside says...

Well I wonder how many of the negative comments have come from second home owners and 'one week a year' residents.

I've lived in Ambleside all my life and will just make a couple of points for you to ponder.

'westerman' I'm sorry you find this soul destroying and that you are devistated about the loss of your view, but do you mean the view across a busy main road to a building site and eventually new housing? I guess you oppose the creation of new homes in Amblesie too, as it will negatively affect the value of your house.

Is everyone so naive as to believe that the residents of Ambleside don't already travel to ASDA, Morrisons or Booths to do their 'big shop'? Or perhaps you are all blind the the delivery vans from these stores that descend on the village on a nightly basis?
I will still buy my daily bits and pieces from the village as I always have done, but I will save time and money not having to drive to Kendal for the 'big shop'

This is one of the first decisions by LDPA that will actually benefit Ambleside. New jobs, huge investment, money staying in the village, more convenient, cheaper and environmentally friendly than trekking to Kendal for everyone; especially those who rely on public transport!

The people objecting to it are doing so for the wrong reasons, selfish ones, based on the fear of losing money. They would rather see themselves benefit at the expense of the rest of us.

I have accepted that, short of a lottery win, I will never be able to own a home in the village I have spent my life in because of the sheer volume of 'holiday homes', but it adds insult to injury when the people who have the most, begrudge those with the least the opportunity of a job and the convenience of somewhere to do their shopping because 'you cant stomach the financial loss' of selling your (only?) house!!!
Well I wonder how many of the negative comments have come from second home owners and 'one week a year' residents. I've lived in Ambleside all my life and will just make a couple of points for you to ponder. 'westerman' I'm sorry you find this soul destroying and that you are devistated about the loss of your view, but do you mean the view across a busy main road to a building site and eventually new housing? I guess you oppose the creation of new homes in Amblesie too, as it will negatively affect the value of your house. Is everyone so naive as to believe that the residents of Ambleside don't already travel to ASDA, Morrisons or Booths to do their 'big shop'? Or perhaps you are all blind the the delivery vans from these stores that descend on the village on a nightly basis? I will still buy my daily bits and pieces from the village as I always have done, but I will save time and money not having to drive to Kendal for the 'big shop' This is one of the first decisions by LDPA that will actually benefit Ambleside. New jobs, huge investment, money staying in the village, more convenient, cheaper and environmentally friendly than trekking to Kendal for everyone; especially those who rely on public transport! The people objecting to it are doing so for the wrong reasons, selfish ones, based on the fear of losing money. They would rather see themselves benefit at the expense of the rest of us. I have accepted that, short of a lottery win, I will never be able to own a home in the village I have spent my life in because of the sheer volume of 'holiday homes', but it adds insult to injury when the people who have the most, begrudge those with the least the opportunity of a job and the convenience of somewhere to do their shopping because 'you cant stomach the financial loss' of selling your (only?) house!!! ImFromAmbleside
  • Score: 27

6:37pm Sat 5 Apr 14

cyclewhitton says...

ImFromAmbleside wrote:
Well I wonder how many of the negative comments have come from second home owners and 'one week a year' residents.

I've lived in Ambleside all my life and will just make a couple of points for you to ponder.

'westerman' I'm sorry you find this soul destroying and that you are devistated about the loss of your view, but do you mean the view across a busy main road to a building site and eventually new housing? I guess you oppose the creation of new homes in Amblesie too, as it will negatively affect the value of your house.

Is everyone so naive as to believe that the residents of Ambleside don't already travel to ASDA, Morrisons or Booths to do their 'big shop'? Or perhaps you are all blind the the delivery vans from these stores that descend on the village on a nightly basis?
I will still buy my daily bits and pieces from the village as I always have done, but I will save time and money not having to drive to Kendal for the 'big shop'

This is one of the first decisions by LDPA that will actually benefit Ambleside. New jobs, huge investment, money staying in the village, more convenient, cheaper and environmentally friendly than trekking to Kendal for everyone; especially those who rely on public transport!

The people objecting to it are doing so for the wrong reasons, selfish ones, based on the fear of losing money. They would rather see themselves benefit at the expense of the rest of us.

I have accepted that, short of a lottery win, I will never be able to own a home in the village I have spent my life in because of the sheer volume of 'holiday homes', but it adds insult to injury when the people who have the most, begrudge those with the least the opportunity of a job and the convenience of somewhere to do their shopping because 'you cant stomach the financial loss' of selling your (only?) house!!!
Selective arguments are a wonderful thing.
I don't think anyone would begrudge any resident, neighbour or friend the access to affordable and local shopping, however, this site and proposal is not the right way.

Please don't presume to tell others what they think of new home development or that anyone would not act the same given the 'Not in my back yard' position.
The Premier Inn proposal shows this. Guess what, everyone's up in arms about that too, why I wonder, exactly the same reasons I and many others are for the Sainsbury's, because it is an influence that does not give back to Ambleside. Neither in investment, nor in revenue 'staying in the village'. It steals revenue from all the b&b's and it adds nothing to keeping Ambleside a destination of choice.

None of the engineers, surveyors, builders or 'investment' will come from Ambleside or stay in Ambleside for Sainsbury's and none did for the planning of it. It will really hit local business hard, enough tourists already buy at chains already.

And there are 3 different metro stores plus budget busting Booths to buy from, plus the fantastic locally produced and sourced items from all the local businesses already in the village.

Selfish, yes partly, I'd like to stay without much change, I love Ambleside. Naive, I think a quick search of what supermarkets bring to small villages on the internet will quickly dispel any doubt.
[quote][p][bold]ImFromAmbleside[/bold] wrote: Well I wonder how many of the negative comments have come from second home owners and 'one week a year' residents. I've lived in Ambleside all my life and will just make a couple of points for you to ponder. 'westerman' I'm sorry you find this soul destroying and that you are devistated about the loss of your view, but do you mean the view across a busy main road to a building site and eventually new housing? I guess you oppose the creation of new homes in Amblesie too, as it will negatively affect the value of your house. Is everyone so naive as to believe that the residents of Ambleside don't already travel to ASDA, Morrisons or Booths to do their 'big shop'? Or perhaps you are all blind the the delivery vans from these stores that descend on the village on a nightly basis? I will still buy my daily bits and pieces from the village as I always have done, but I will save time and money not having to drive to Kendal for the 'big shop' This is one of the first decisions by LDPA that will actually benefit Ambleside. New jobs, huge investment, money staying in the village, more convenient, cheaper and environmentally friendly than trekking to Kendal for everyone; especially those who rely on public transport! The people objecting to it are doing so for the wrong reasons, selfish ones, based on the fear of losing money. They would rather see themselves benefit at the expense of the rest of us. I have accepted that, short of a lottery win, I will never be able to own a home in the village I have spent my life in because of the sheer volume of 'holiday homes', but it adds insult to injury when the people who have the most, begrudge those with the least the opportunity of a job and the convenience of somewhere to do their shopping because 'you cant stomach the financial loss' of selling your (only?) house!!![/p][/quote]Selective arguments are a wonderful thing. I don't think anyone would begrudge any resident, neighbour or friend the access to affordable and local shopping, however, this site and proposal is not the right way. Please don't presume to tell others what they think of new home development or that anyone would not act the same given the 'Not in my back yard' position. The Premier Inn proposal shows this. Guess what, everyone's up in arms about that too, why I wonder, exactly the same reasons I and many others are for the Sainsbury's, because it is an influence that does not give back to Ambleside. Neither in investment, nor in revenue 'staying in the village'. It steals revenue from all the b&b's and it adds nothing to keeping Ambleside a destination of choice. None of the engineers, surveyors, builders or 'investment' will come from Ambleside or stay in Ambleside for Sainsbury's and none did for the planning of it. It will really hit local business hard, enough tourists already buy at chains already. And there are 3 different metro stores plus budget busting Booths to buy from, plus the fantastic locally produced and sourced items from all the local businesses already in the village. Selfish, yes partly, I'd like to stay without much change, I love Ambleside. Naive, I think a quick search of what supermarkets bring to small villages on the internet will quickly dispel any doubt. cyclewhitton
  • Score: -12

11:35pm Sat 5 Apr 14

ImFromAmbleside says...

I was just outlining s few personal opinions, not wanting to make selective arguments, and I am acutely aware that others oppinions will differ from mine.

Spar have placed a billboard outside the shop saying 'RIP Ambleside' and although I don't agree with the statement I understanding their fears, even if I believe them to be unfounded.

I am whole heartedly against the proposed premier Inn simply because that land, being adjacent to a housing estate, should be used for more housing which would bring far greater benefits to the village than 64 more hotel rooms.

I certainly was not wanting to tell anyone what there opinions are, but the comment made in an earlier post regarding buying land to gazump the development epitomises all that is wrong with a certain group of people, as when, in my opinion, a group of well off and predominantly second home owners can get to gether to buy a plot of land specifically to prevent new local housing being built, something has gone terribly wrong with the 'community' in which we live.
I was just outlining s few personal opinions, not wanting to make selective arguments, and I am acutely aware that others oppinions will differ from mine. Spar have placed a billboard outside the shop saying 'RIP Ambleside' and although I don't agree with the statement I understanding their fears, even if I believe them to be unfounded. I am whole heartedly against the proposed premier Inn simply because that land, being adjacent to a housing estate, should be used for more housing which would bring far greater benefits to the village than 64 more hotel rooms. I certainly was not wanting to tell anyone what there opinions are, but the comment made in an earlier post regarding buying land to gazump the development epitomises all that is wrong with a certain group of people, as when, in my opinion, a group of well off and predominantly second home owners can get to gether to buy a plot of land specifically to prevent new local housing being built, something has gone terribly wrong with the 'community' in which we live. ImFromAmbleside
  • Score: 14

8:33pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

The report of a fourth supermarket is rubbish because Spar, Co-op and Tesco Express are small convenience stores and nobody close to reality in the 21st century would call them supermarkets. Does Arkwright from Open All Hours run a supermarket as well? Sainsbury's are not perfect but, with local critics ready to pounce on any problem, I think they'll do a good job. I saw the 'Welcome to Amblecity' sign outside the Spar shop. I respond with 'No thanks for your sour grapes', stop whingeing and sell things that Sainsbury's doesn't or at least match their prices and save people a walk.
The report of a fourth supermarket is rubbish because Spar, Co-op and Tesco Express are small convenience stores and nobody close to reality in the 21st century would call them supermarkets. Does Arkwright from Open All Hours run a supermarket as well? Sainsbury's are not perfect but, with local critics ready to pounce on any problem, I think they'll do a good job. I saw the 'Welcome to Amblecity' sign outside the Spar shop. I respond with 'No thanks for your sour grapes', stop whingeing and sell things that Sainsbury's doesn't or at least match their prices and save people a walk. Milkbutnosugarplease
  • Score: 7

9:50am Mon 7 Apr 14

westerman says...

“My view“ is from an elevated position therefore the busy road is obscured from sight, so too is the new housing development by the clusters of trees which currently stand on the supermarket plot(most of which will be feld for this store). My view is natural woodland flowing into the foothills of Loughrigg. But I’m under no illusion that it is mine, it’s a view to be enjoyed by everybody that visits Ambleside, you’ll never get it back when this store is built. I have no objection to new housing in the area and doubt that they would negatively impact surrounding property prices, but without doubt supermarkets have never added value to local property. Regarding the impact on local business, I speak from first hand experience of living/working in another bustling town only to see it implode when a large supermarket was built close by. Here’s hoping I’m wrong
“My view“ is from an elevated position therefore the busy road is obscured from sight, so too is the new housing development by the clusters of trees which currently stand on the supermarket plot(most of which will be feld for this store). My view is natural woodland flowing into the foothills of Loughrigg. But I’m under no illusion that it is mine, it’s a view to be enjoyed by everybody that visits Ambleside, you’ll never get it back when this store is built. I have no objection to new housing in the area and doubt that they would negatively impact surrounding property prices, but without doubt supermarkets have never added value to local property. Regarding the impact on local business, I speak from first hand experience of living/working in another bustling town only to see it implode when a large supermarket was built close by. Here’s hoping I’m wrong westerman
  • Score: 37

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