SAINSBURY’S has secured council officers’ backing for a brand-new superstore they plan to build in north Sheffield.
The supermarket chain, which is also fighting to expand an existing store in Millhouses, wants to build a new store next to Fletchers Bakers on the corner of Claywheels Lane and Penistone Road North, Wadsley Bridge.
Sheffield Council officers have recommended the plan be approved when it goes before the west and north planning committee next Tuesday.
But councillors will have the final say on whether the scheme, for a 9,325 square metre store and 462 parking spaces, is granted planning permission.
They are under pressure to reject the scheme from rival supermarkets, Stocksbridge Town Council and a number of residents. Morrisons has objected to the plan, arguing their Hillsborough store would be hit by the project and Asda, which is building a new store in Parson Cross, also complained.
Stocksbridge Town Council and Stocksbridge Regeneration Company said another superstore in the area would harm long-term plans for a large new retail centre to the north of the city.
More than 120 residents signed petitions and sent letters of objection and another 45 submitted letters of support.
Critics are worried about the impact on traffic and small local shops and have raised concerns about the loss of two pubs, The Travellers Inn and The Gate, which will be demolished to make way for the new store.
Supporters have welcomed the generation of an estimated 239 new jobs in the supermarket, and bosses at Fletchers Bakers have thrown their full weight behind the plan, insisting it is vital for the survival and modernisation of their business.
A council officer report said the new store would divert around £10.5 million a year from the Hillsborough district shopping centre, most of it from the Morrisons store.