Supermarket says it still plans to go ahead

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A SUPERMARKET still intends to build a store despite not starting work on it for nearly three years.

Sainsbury’s was granted planning permission to build in Bishop’s Waltham on December 1, 2011. The permission has a three-year limit.

A spokesman said: ‘Sainsbury’s intends to implement the permission before it expires, which will involve a small level of on-site construction activity. This procedure is common practice to ensure that a planning permission can be protected.’

A 40-week construction programme has been submitted to Winchester City Council, although a start date is yet to be confirmed.

The spokesman said the chain regularly reviews its schemes for viability and that Bishop’s Waltham was under review.

He said Sainsbury’s will provide an update when further information becomes available.