A HUGE Sainsbury’s store will be built in Waterlooville after being given the go-ahead last night.
Councillors at Havant Borough Council voted to approve plans for a 9,034sq m store on the former Salvador Cetano site, off Hambledon Road.
The development will include a 438-space car park and a new petrol station, which will replace the recycling centre that is set to move to the new 3,000-home West of Waterlooville estate.
It was approved after more than two hours of debate as councillors were worried about the impact of the store on a nearby house.
A new roundabout will be built at the junction of Aston Road and Hambledon Road – just 5m from the home of the Spalding family.
Cllr Ray Bastin told the planning committee: ‘The proposal is asking them to accept high noise levels 24 hours a day and has even put the movement of traffic closer to their home.’
However, planning officers said moving the roundabout could affect the entire development.
Acoustic barriers are going to be installed to minimise noise.
Alistair Ingram, representing Waitrose, said there was a ‘very real’ risk that Waitrose could close if Sainsbury’s opened.
But Gary Morris, agent for Sainsbury’s, said: ‘These are the big boys.
‘They can probably look after themselves.’
Cllr John Smith said: ‘A huge company like Sainsbury’s making a decision to come to our borough is a very good thing.’
Cllr Elaine Shimbart added: ‘We need to look towards the future.
‘We are going to have 3,000 more households in the area. Waterlooville is expanding so quickly. I don’t think an additional supermarket in the area is any bad thing.’
Six councillors voted to approve the plans, with one against.