Protest against plans for new supermarket

Residents  (left) Jill Samuelson with (right) Anna Glanville-Hearson
Residents (left) Jill Samuelson with (right) Anna Glanville-Hearson
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PLANS to build a fourth supermarket in Petersfield have been met with fierce opposition.

More than 120 residents attended a protest meeting at plans to demolish the JB Corrie factory in Frenchmans Road and replace it with a two-storey supermarket. If the new store, rumoured to be a Morrisons, is built it will be the fourth supermarket in Petersfield, and could soon be joined by a Lidl branch, making five in total.

Resident Toby Day said: ‘We don’t need another. We should seek to preserve Petersfield as a small market town.’

The 40,000sq ft supermarket would have a 200-space car park below it and customers would enter via a walkway from Station Road.

Residents also expressed concerns about local shops being driven out of business, increases in traffic on nearby roads, and noise from deliveries.

Meanwhile, more than 300 people went to see a public exhibition about the plans.

Hosted by developers Morbaine and JB Corrie director Hugh Kennedy, the exhibition was aimed at gathering views. Feedback from the questionnaires will be taken forward as developers work up a formal planning application.