Have your say on Sainsbury's plan for Westfield
People can now give their views on plans to create a Sainsbury’s superstore in Westfield, near Radstock.
The supermarket giant wants to transform the current CFH Total Document Management site at St Peter’s Park with a new 55,000sqft store with a 461-space car park, café and petrol station following the demolition of the existing factory.
The proposal has already proved controversial with some saying an out-of-town development would be the death knell for nearby shopping districts while the applicant argues a new store would provide choice, competition and up to 150 much needed jobs.
A consultation day has been organised by Westfield Parish Council specifically for people living in the area to give them a chance to look at the plans and air their views, between 10am and 8pm on Tuesday at the Methodist Church Hall in Wells Road.
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Representatives from the supermarket chain will not be there, but the parish council wants to gauge opinion as it works out its stance on the scheme, which will be decided by B&NES Council.
Simon Metcalf, associate director of WYG Planning & Environment, which has submitted the application, said the development would provide a modern store to meet the main food shopping needs of local people, and rejected claims that there were better locations.
“The retail assessment submitted with the application demonstrates that there would be no sequentially preferable locations in the centre of Midsomer Norton or Radstock for the proposed Sainsbury’s food store that are available, suitable and viable. The assessment concludes that the proposal will have no significant adverse impact on the vitality or viability of existing town centres.”
B&NES Council has recently agreed to sell off Midsomer Norton’s South Road car park to make way for a 45,000sqft supermarket in an attempt to save the town centre from out-of-town developments.
Print firm CFH, which employs 200 people, would move to new premises.
The plans can be viewed on www.bathnes.gov.uk or at The Hollies council offices in Midsomer Norton - reference number 12/05418/FUL. The deadline for public comments is February 11. Westfield Parish Council is also interested in hearing what local people think and would like views emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to Westfield Parish Council, The Oval Office, Cobblers Way, Westfield BA3 3BX.
It is expected a decision will be made on whether the development should go ahead by April.