Objections to Sainsbury’s plans lodged with council

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MORE than 200 objections have been sent to Leeds City Council over controversial plans for a Sainsbury’s supermarket on the outskirts of Wetherby.

And 209 written and online objections have been made against the plans since the supermarket submitted plans to the council in January. A further 63 letters are in support of the plans.

The supermarket giant ended months of speculation after putting forward their plans to build a 25,000ft sq store at the former Ramada Jarvis Hotel site, now the Mercure Hotel.

The proposed store will include a customer cafe on the ground floor, 240 parking spaces and pedestrian access to the site via Micklethwaite Grove, connecting the store to the town centre.

Patricia Taylor, of Cooper Road, Wetherby, who lodged an online objection wrote: “The impact of a large superstore on this site, at this important gateway to Wetherby, will be considerable, having lived in the town for 27 years and being a regular user of our excellent local shops I strongly oppose the application.”

Supporting the supermarket plans, Jean Tyler, of Ainsty Road, wrote: “The changes made to the original application have improved the site and pedestrian access will enable people to park at Sainsbury’s and walk into town for the market and local shops. An alternative to Morrisons would be welcome.”

A decision is due to be made by Leeds City Council’s Plans Panel East on Thursday, April 12.