Sainsbury’s proposals for Bishop’s Waltham.
As you may be aware, Winchester City Council resolved to approve Sainsbury’s proposals for a new food store and Doctor’s surgery in April 2011 and planning permission was formally granted in December 2011 following the completion of a number of legal issues. Sainsbury’s planned to progress with the construction of the new store as soon as possible after the planning permission was formally granted. However, as a result of a single objection from a local resident, the Stopping Up of the public highway at Station Road, which is required to provide a safe and accessible pedestrian and cycle link between the proposed store and shops in the town centre, had to be discussed at a Public Inquiry in October 2012.
I am pleased to advise you that the Department for Transport (DfT) has resolved to allow the stopping up of Station Road, Bishop’s Waltham to motorised through traffic. The Government appointed Inspector who led the Inquiry, Mr John Wilde, recommended that the Order be made without modification.
As per DfT practice, there will now be a short period before the Stopping Up Order can be formally made. Sainsbury’s remains fully committed to providing a new foodstore in Bishop’s Waltham and once the SUO has been formally made, work can begin to prepare for the construction of the new store. We anticipate work on site could start in summer 2013.
I hope this update is helpful. Should you have any queries regarding this email, or wish to discuss our proposals in any further detail, please do not hesitate to contact me on 0845 602 1151 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.