Work starts on new Waterlooville Sainsbury’s amid concerns about its size

Construction of the new Sainsbury's store in Waterlooville. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (141610-1)
Construction of the new Sainsbury's store in Waterlooville. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (141610-1)
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WORK on a new Sainsbury’s supermarket is well underway – but not everyone is happy.

The huge 45,000 sq ft store is on the site of the former Caetano coachbuilding factory and Sprint Print, in Hambledon Road, in Waterlooville.

Some residents and business groups have welcomed investment from such a major retailer, hot on the heels of the opening of the new Marks & Spencer in Wellington Retail Park.

But Carole Skerratt, 61, from Milton Road, said she feels the structure is too big.

She said: ’The height is intrusive. It’s on the edge of an industrial estate and our house backs on to the other side of the estate.

‘Several of the factories have applied to put a second floor on and they have been turned down because the area is mainly bungalows.

‘Sainsbury’s is not going to be the equivalent height of TK Maxx – it’s going to be 20ft higher.

‘It will overlook all our homes.

‘It’s going to be awful.’

With 2,500 new homes being built to the west of Waterlooville major retailers are aiming to cash in on the potential for new shoppers.

And Councillor Paul Buckley, who represents Waterloo ward on Havant Borough Council, said he believes the building is in keeping with the Aston Road industrial estate.

He also believes it will provide a welcome boost for the town.

It will create up to 300 new jobs.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: ‘Our new store has been designed to provide a high-quality modern building.

‘The height of the building is similar to the existing buildings at the rear of the site and the previous coach work building that was on the site.’

‘We consider that our new store, situated adjacent to the Wellington Retail Park, will be in keeping with the immediate surroundings and will contribute positively to the local area.’

Work on the store’s steel frame will begin this month and it should be finished by the beginning of next year.

The spokesman added: ‘A new pedestrian ramp, which was secured as part of the planning permission, will hugely improve accessibility to the town centre and we are delighted to announce that this is anticipated to be completed by the end of September.’