Support floods in for superstore plan

An artist impression of the new Sainsbury's store and (below) Martin Hunns.
An artist impression of the new Sainsbury's store and (below) Martin Hunns.
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A SUPERSTORE which could create hundreds of jobs has won public backing.

Sainsbury’s hope its proposals to build a supermarket on land between Thornton Cleveleys FC and Burn Hall Industrial Estate, close to Fleetwood Road North, Thornton, could create 400 jobs.

Martin Hunns

Martin Hunns

The plans, submitted to Wyre Council in April, would see a 50,000sq ft supermarket built to act as a catalyst for further investment in the area.

Jo Hawley, regional development executive for Sainsbury’s, said: “More than 50 letters of support have been sent to the council in the past month, demonstrating there is real momentum behind the plans.

“I’d like to thank those who have taken the time to put their support in writing.

“These comments could make all the difference when the plans go before the council’s planning committee, which we understand will be on December 5.”

Since the proposals were announced in January, the company has hosted a number of consultation meetings and 80 per cent of the people involved gave a positive response, according to bosses.

But Martin Hunns, vice chairman of Cleveleys Chamber of Trade, says he hopes the store does not take business away from other parts of Wyre.

He added: “The idea of it bringing jobs to the area is great because times are hard.

“But it concerns me that people may stop going to other stores in the surrounding area because of the competition which is going to play a huge part in all of this.”

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