Date set for inquiry into plan to expand Sheffield Sainsbury’s

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A DATE has been set for a public inquiry into plans to expand Sainsbury’s supermarket on Archer Road.

Sainsbury’s was refused planning permission by Sheffield Council for its scheme to increase by 40 per cent the size of the Archer Road premises, at Millhouses.

Councillors gave their verdict amid widespread community opposition to the proposed expansion, not only on traffic and pollution grounds but also including the impact on district shopping centres.

Carterknowle and Millhouses Community Group hailed “a courageous decision”.

Sainsbury’s appealed to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate, which has decided to give all sides the chance to put their cases, with a hearing at the Town Hall.

The inquiry, scheduled to last one day, will be on June 14.

Meanwhile the council is continuing to assess the implications of Sainsbury’s application for a store next to Fletcher’s Bakery at Wadsley Bridge, which has divided the community.

While some residents welcome the prospect of new jobs and extra choice, others are making clear their opposition on the grounds of worsening traffic and the impact on local shops.