Sainsbury’s store application approved despite neighbours’ protests

Indespension in Park Gate which has been bought by Sainsburys.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150158-3)
Indespension in Park Gate which has been bought by Sainsburys.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150158-3)
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SAINSBURY’S has been given permission to make changes to a new store, despite objections from neighbours.

The supermarket applied to Fareham Borough Council to alter its new shop in Bridge Road, Park Gate.

Councillors gave permission for the store, which will take over a former trailer shop, pictured.

Suzanne Kimman, speaking on behalf of Sainsbury’s, said the store would create between 20 and 25 jobs.

She said the store, which will open next door to a Co-op, will give shoppers a choice.

Ms Kimman said: ‘The store falls in Park Gate centre and will offer an additional option for shoppers.

‘It will create a better shopping environment by offering an additional choice.’

She also said the unit will be split and part of it let to another company.

Two letters of objection were sent to the council, raising concerns over increased traffic, which could endanger pedestrians, bus passengers and drivers.

They also raised concerns about the number of parking spaces – 14 – and whether the cashpoint would be a target for criminals.

On the committee Brian Bayford said he was worried about the increased use.

Cllr Bayford said: ‘Currently the site is used Monday to Friday 8.30am until 5.30pm and it has a very limited use as it is a specialist shop.

‘Opposite there are lots of residential properties and it is a single carriageway.’

He added: ‘The bus stop is there and I am greatly concerned about the considerable amount of extra traffic that will go along there from 7am until 11pm.’

Also on the committee, Peter Davies disagreed.

He said: ‘I go back a long way on this committee and I can remember councillors making passionate pleas not to lose any more commercial units in Park Gate.

‘Here we have an excellent retail unit which will bring people into Park Gate which is no bad thing and it is great that it has a bus stop nearby as people can visit by bus.’

Councillors agreed to allow the changes to the shop unit and car park, including the installation of signs outside and a cash machine, with the exception of Cllr Bayford who abstained.