D-day looming for Thrapston supermarket proposals

Members of the Save Thrapston campaign group that have opposted Sainsbury's proposal
Members of the Save Thrapston campaign group that have opposted Sainsbury's proposal

Store wars in a town will come to a head next week as the fate of two long-standing supermarket proposals will be decided.

The planning applications for a Sainsbury’s on the site of Thrapston’s cattle market and an unnamed store which will span half the size of a football pitch on the Scotts of Thrapston site in Bridge Street will be decided at a special meeting on Wednesday, July 4.

Councillors from East Northamptonshire Council will be tasked with accepting or rejecting the two proposals, with officers recommending the Sainsbury’s application is passed along with demolition of the cattle market in Market Road.

The livestock market that could be dismantled is set to move to the edge of the town.

But the other proposal for a foodstore on the manufacturing company’s site is recommended to be refused.

Sainsbury’s planning application, submitted last year, is for a supermarket that would span 3,300 square metres and create up to 150 jobs.

But the supermarket giant’s move prompted a Save Thrapston campaign to start, with residents concerned over potential traffic increases.

For the unnamed supermarket in Bridge Street, its floorspace will be over 2,800 square metres with 157 car parking spaces.

In her conclusion for the Sainsbury’s proposal, case officer Sue Wheatley said: “Whilst there is an alternative proposal for a supermarket on the Bridge Street site this is not a town centre site and whilst it will bring some benefits they would not be of the same magnitude as the application for the redevelopment of the cattle market site.”

Directors of Scotts of Thrapston have recently threatened to leave the town if they cannot sell their Bridge Street site to a developer.

They have said they want to use the funds raise to re-locate to a different site in the town because of expansion aims.

David Scott, one of the company’s directors, has revealed they have spoken to all the main supermarkets for the site.

He said: “I hope we have the support of Thrapston and members of the council.”

The meeting will start at 6.30pm on Wednesday, July 4, in the council chamber, on Cedar Drive, Thrapston.