Supermarket bid to create 400 new jobs

Artist's impression of the proposed Sainsbury's store at Fleetwood Road North in Thornton.
Artist's impression of the proposed Sainsbury's store at Fleetwood Road North in Thornton.
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PLANS to build a supermarket big enough to create 400 new jobs have been recommended for approval by planners.

Sainsbury’s want to build their latest Fylde coast store on land between Thornton Cleveleys FC and Burn Hall Industrial Estate, off Fleetwood Road North, Thornton,

The grocery giant will find out if its proposal gets the go ahead at a Wyre Council planning meeting today.

The scheme has been earmarked for approval by town hall officers but it is now up to councillors to make the final decision.

And Jo Hawley, regional development executive for Sainsbury’s, told The Gazette: “We’re delighted officers have recommended our plans for a new food store in Thornton for approval.

“However, it will be elected councillors who will make the final decision.

“This is by no means a done deal and it’s crucial people continue to show their support by writing to the council.”

If successful, Sainsbury’s will construct a 50,000sq ft supermarket, which has already received more than 80 letters of support from the public.

But Howard Phillips, vice-president of Thornton Action Group, says the organisation will be opposing the plans.

He told The Gazette: “We have serious issues which need to be considered.

“We will be asking for the decision to be deferred because we believe there are issues which haven’t been considered and it’s been rushed through.

“It’s not a concern about having a supermarket, it’s the size of it.”

Coun David Henderson, chairman of Wyre Planning, said: “While planning officers have recommended this for approval, due to the public interest it still has to go before the planning committee.”

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