Chance to see Memorial Ground Sainsbury's plans
AN exhibition opens today to give people a chance to see the plans for a proposed Sainsbury's supermarket at the Memorial Ground in Horfield.
The aim of the event, which also runs on Saturday, is to give everyone a chance to put forward their views before a formal planning application is submitted to Bristol City Council.
The exhibition, which is being held at the ground, is open from 9am to 2pm today and from 10am to 6pm tomorrow
Bruno Moore, south west regional town planning manager for Sainsbury's, said: "We want to build a high-quality mixed-use development and the store will provide an additional choice of supermarket shopping for people in north Bristol."
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He said it was not unusual for supermarkets to be sited in highly-residential areas and they wanted to be good neighbours.
The Sainsbury's planning team has already held three drop-in sessions with residents who live nearby. They are also talking to councillors, neighbourhood partnerships and traders.
Once all the comments have been collated, Sainsbury's will make any revisions before submitting their plans to the council.
The planned store, which would use renewable energy, would create up to 350 new full and part-time jobs.
The design is set to take into account residents' worries over the size, height, access and opening hours. In addition, there would be no petrol station and the store would be wrapped on two sides by new homes to create a residential "buffer" between the store and existing homes.
The store is a key factor in providing the funding for Bristol Rovers to move to a planned new £40 million stadium at Frenchay near the MOD procurement base at Abbey Wood.
But not everyone is convinced of the case for a new store.
Daniella Radice, Green Party spokesperson for Bishopston, said: "Supermarkets do not have a long- term future – they require huge amounts of fossil fuels, unthinkable food-miles and low costs to farmers to survive.
"Their aim is for short-term profit rather than long-term, affordable good food. We are categorically not against sport and welcome the move to build a new stadium near UWE."