Planning application for new Sainsbury's at Memorial Stadium postponed
THE planning application for a new Sainsbury's supermarket on the Memorial Stadium site has been postponed until next year.
The city council's Development Control Committee had been due to consider the application on November 28.
It was first postponed until 2pm on December 5, which would have meant concerned Gloucester Road traders may have had to close their shops to attend and make representations at the meeting.
Bishopston Cllr Dr David Willingham (Lib Dem) is concerned for the independent businesses in his ward.
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He said at a full council meeting yesterday that a report independently commissioned by the council into the retail effect of the proposed supermarket stated that if the scheme is given planning permission sections of the Gloucester Road will suffer a 19 per cent drop in retail turnover.
He urged the council to abide by its previous promise to "protect small traders from large retail chains."
The planning meeting has now moved to a date early next year, yet to be decided, to allow the council to seek further information about the proposal’s impact on traffic, highways issues and air quality in the area.
As previously reported, Bristol Rovers has won permission to build a new £40 million stadium at Stoke Gifford, but the project depends on consent being given for the supermarket at the current ground to offset the costs.