Sainsbury's reveals Ottery plans

PUBLISHED: 11:30 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:20 17 June 2010

SAINSBURY S unveiled its plans for an Ottery St Mary store last weekend.

SAINSBURY'S unveiled its plans for an Ottery St Mary store last weekend.

More than 700 residents flocked to a public exhibition in Mill Street on Friday and Saturday to see plans for a 20,000 sq ft Hind Street store which would create 150 jobs and offer 157 free car parking spaces.

Representatives told the Herald the proposed store would see six lorries a day, three to four of which would be articulated, make deliveries at a Canaan Way stop-off point, avoiding the town's narrow one way system.

They added around 100 cars would circulate Ottery's one-way system to enter and leave the site in a "peak hour".

Development of the site would also see Hind Street's Victorian wall kept in place along with "key" trees and shrubs as well as the addition of cashpoints and a new bus shelter.

Jamie Baker, Sainsbury's Regional Development Executive, said the proposed store would "provide choice to an area dominated by other operators", "re-juvenate" Ottery's town centre and offer residents the chance to do a weekly shop "and to get a good deal". He added the store would be slightly smaller than Tesco in Honiton which is around 25,000 sq ft in size.

Colin White, of highways and traffic consultant Connect, said the company plans to prepare a traffic assessment to identify any adjustments needed and present it to Devon County Council's highways planning authority.

He emphasised that amount of traffic would not necessarily be extra and said:

"What we know is that people are already doing supermarket trips somewhere. We anticipate 200 trips in peak hour and not all of this will be additional traffic, 50 per cent might already be going round the one way system."

For residents without cars like pensioner Joyce King, 84, the town centre plans were particularly appealing.

Mrs King, of Raleigh Road, said: "I think 'yes please'. For a weekly shop my friend usually had to take me to Tesco in Honiton- if I had this here I could get my trolley and walk to get my shopping- Tesco would be a further walk."

Ian Chown, 23, of Chinewey Gardens said: "I'm fed up with having to pay to park in the town centre and being rushed and hassled as a result. We have to do this."

Emma Grainger, 55, of The College, didn't want a supermarket in the town, She said: "We've got good examples of local shops here, a pharmacy, butchers, bakers. I fear one (supermarket) would destroy local retailers. However I infinitely prefer these (Sainsbury's) plans to Tesco."

A Sainsbury's spokeswoman said a planning application will be submitted to East Devon District Council in the near future. She added the store would take around eight months to build.

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