Sainsbury’s store will create 20 jobs in Rushden

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More than 20 jobs are to be created when a major supermarket chain opens a town centre store next year.

Sainsbury’s has confirmed it will be opening a new convenience store in Rushden’s High Street South next March.

A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said: “We are delighted to confirm our plans to open a Sainsbury’s Local store in Rushden.

“We aim to open in March 2014.

“As well as creating over 20 jobs, the store will provide a fresh and affordable food offer for residents, at a convenient walking distance from local people’s homes.”

The planning application was referred to East Northamptonshire Council’s development control committee because Rushden Town Council had objected to the plans.

Concerns from the town council included the development leading to traffic congestion and being too close to the existing pedestrian crossing.

The authority also said the site is next to the conservation area and the proposed development would be completely out of character with surrounding buildings.

Eight letters of objection were also received, highlighting a number of concerns from people living nearby.

Their fears included the loss of daylight and privacy, noise generated while the shop was open and from goods delivery vehicles, as well as youths gathering nearby.

Despite these objections, the plans were approved by the development control committee earlier this year with various conditions imposed.

Conditions include that the premises shall only be open between the hours of 7am and 11pm Mondays to Sundays including Bank Holidays, and deliveries to the shop should be restricted to 5.30am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and between 7am and 10pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.