Sainsbury’s expansion plan passed

EXPANSION plans for a supermarket in Spalding are to go ahead after changes were made to further accommodate cyclists.

Better signs and more cycle hoops to store bicycles at the front of the store are to be put in place at Sainsbury’s store in Holland Market following discussions between developers and objectors.

The plans to expand the existing store, which will create about 77 full and part-time jobs, were put on hold at the beginning of January to consider better bicycle access arrangements.

Speaking at South Holland District Council’s development control meeting on Wednesday, Sainsbury’s agent Claire Southam said a site meeting had taken place between the firm and Pedals, Spalding’s cycle action group, following the deferral.

She said pedestrian and bicycle signage would be put in place at entrance points on Swan Street and King’s Road, along with a dividing white line on the path.

Proposals include installing a ramp from the service yard to overcome a potential conflict from vehicle emerging into the customer car park.

More hoops by the entrance to the store would create 36 bicycle spaces.

However, she explained Sainsbury’s supported further suggestions from Pedals, but some changes fell outside of the store’s boundary.

“We hope these measures will address the concerns rasied by Pedals at the last meeting,” she said.

Other improvements to the store will include a new domestic area for staff, a new customer toilet block, new restaurant and an in-store bakery.

A total of 35 car parking spaces will be lost, and the store will gain on Groceries Online service yard.