PLANS for a new multi-million pound Sainsbury’s – which would create 400 jobs – have been officially submitted.
The supermarket giant wants to build on land between Thornton Cleveleys FC and Burn Hall Industrial Estate, off Fleetwood Road North, Thornton, and unveiled their dream at a public exhibition earlier this year.
Feedback cards were sent to 5,000 homes in the area and the firm says of those returned, 82 per cent were in support of the plans to bring a new 50,000sq ft store to the town, along with around 400 new jobs.
After considering the comments, Sainsbury’s has now submitted a formal planning application to Wyre Council.
Jo Hawley, Sainsbury’s regional development executive, said: “We’ve had a fantastic response from the local community and we’re delighted to see so many people looking forward to a new Sainsbury’s in the area.
“We’ve taken on board comments from residents and stakeholders and made sure that construction and delivery vehicles would avoid Bourne Way. Instead, the would access the site from the north via Amounderness Way (A585) and the Eros roundabout.
“We’ll continue to work closely with the council and all interested parties to provide what we believe will be a great asset to the local community.”
This is the first phase in the development of a new centre in this part of the borough, as provided for in the Fleetwood-Thornton Area Action Plan.
However, that action plan makes provision for a store of around 30,000sq ft, rather than the 50,000 proposed.
Sainsbury’s confirmed the vast majority of the 400 new jobs would go to residents living in the surrounding area, in a bid to boost employment and support the local economy.
The firm has pledged to work with Jobcentre Plus and Remploy to ensure a minimum of 10 per cent of the jobs available will be dedicated to helping the long-term unemployed back into work.
Wyre Council leader Coun Peter Gibson welcomed the plans and said he looked forward to seeing them put before the authority’s planning committee, to see if they were suitable.
He added: “Clearly they’ve done a lot of consultation with people who appear to be welcoming the plans.”