Sainsbury’s has promised to keep residents updated on the progress of a new store in Thrapston, after East Northamptonshire Council agreed to revise the store’s delivery hours.
There had been some concern about delivery trucks causing traffic congestion and clashing with parents on the school run at the site on the cattle market, in Market Road, Thrapston.
The supermarket has now revised its opening hours to help alleviate these potential problems, and the new proposals have been accepted by the council.
The changes mean that trucks will not be able to enter or leave the store between 8am and 9am on a weekday, to avoid parents who drop off children at King John School and Thrapston Primary School.
Cllr Pauline Bradberry, chairman of the development control committee, which granted the changes at a meeting on February 28, said the committee was satisfied with the proposals.
She said: “The plans were brought back in purely so a decision can be made around time movement.
“We had a meeting with Sainsbury’s and their logistics manager about it and this meeting was to make a decision on the proposals.”
The committee originally granted planning permission on July 4, 2012, subject to conditions and an agreement over the developer’s financial contributions to the area, with members requesting an amendment to the delivery hour conditions.
A number of other amendments to the delivery hour conditions were also granted.
Sainsbury’s regional development executive Robert Oxley said: “Our next step is to continue working with the council in finalising the legal agreements related to the development.
“We are also liaising with the county council regarding preparation for their public consultation related to the traffic regulation orders that are required for the proposed highways works in Market Road.”