Supermarket inquiry ends

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A PUBLIC inquiry into the planned expansion of one of Sainsbury’s Sheffield stores has come to an end.

The supermarket company lodged an appeal after Sheffield Council refused planning permission for a 40 per cent extension to their Archer Road store last August.

Over three days government inspector Ian Jenkins heard arguments from company lawyers, council planning officers and residents.

Sainsbury’s and its supporters said the expansion would improve the shopping experience and modernise the store, adding a raft of environmental features.

But the council, backed by the Millhouses and Carterknowle Community Group, said traffic generated by the expansion would clog up already strained roads and would worsen air quality.

n Mr Jenkins will make a decision within seven weeks.