Most local people know about Sainsbury’s Planning Application for the extension of their Brookwood/Knaphill Superstore, but recent news is that Sainsbury’s have now also shown an interest in the CLIFTON’S SITE, 15 High Street, Knaphill. PLAN/2011/0062
See information on both plans below:
ON THE HIGH STREET
Sainsbury’s have agreed to lease the (re-developed) premises, subject to changes to the Planning Conditions agreed at the time of the original Planning Approval (PLAN/2010/0085). Many residents living close to Cliftons were very concerned about the impact of the original plans to develop this site (with housing above and an increase in shopping area); other people saw the proposed development of the site as offering an opportunity to revitalise the centre of the village. This latest Planning Application raises these issues again and adds a number of others.
Sainsbury’s are asking for longer opening hours and delivery times.
Many local residents who live near to the Redding Way Store may have some words of warning for anyone living near to the CLIFTON’s SITE about what to expect with regard to noise, pollution and general disturbance (see Photo. above)
See our more recent article which gives more information about the Plans re the CLIFTON’s SITE.
Residents can see the Application and Documents on the WBC website http://caps.woking.gov.uk/online-applications/ Key in PLAN/2011/0062 There is growing concern in Knaphill about Sainsbury’s Plans. Make sure your views are heard.
Comments and objections can be raised via the WBC Planning Applications site.
AND THERE ARE STILL THE PLANS FOR AN EXTENSION TO THE SUPERSTORE
Sainsbury’s Planning Application for the extension of their Brookwood/Knaphill Superstore remains undecided. KRA understand that Woking Borough Council (WBC) have been carefully considered the Sainsbury’s Application and Accompanying Information. Two of the key issues raised in representations to the Council were: the impact of the proposed expansion on local shops and the increased noise emissions.
On the question of the viability of local shops, WBC has concluded that the proposed development would have an adverse impact on the viability of the village centre. Since such a conclusion is contrary to Local Planning Policy, it is understood they have advised Sainsburys that the application be recommended for refusal. In response, Sainsbury’s submitted back-up details clarifying their view regarding retail impact of the store and subsequently WBC have commissioned an independent retail consultant, who is to advise them further.
Regarding noise levels, we believe that Sainsbury’s have been advised that noise emissions from the store breach conditions imposed by its existing planning permission. They have agreed to implement a schedule of works so that noise emissions are brought into line with existing planning permission. But some residents have reported to WBC and KRA that in their opinion Sainsburys is only paying ‘lip service’ on the issue of noise nuisance (see Main Photo. above).
There is to be a delay of several more weeks before the final outcome of the application. Once the Council have considered the additional information submitted by Sainsbury’s they will publish a report setting out the Council Officer’s final recommendation. We will publish a link to this report on the KRA website and let you know the proposed committee date as soon as we have it.
Please keep checking back to the website for further information. (See our earlier articles for the background to this subject).
The impact the latest Sainsbury’s Application for a foothold in the village centre remains to be seen……yes, the plot thickens. You can raise objections and make comments via the WBC website (see the link above).
Please also add your comments below. Let us know what you think. These issues are important for local people.
KRA believes that residents need to know what is happening and to have access to accurate information so that we can have our say before decisions are made .