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Chipping Sodbury supermarket site inspection planned

An inspection at a proposed site for a new supermarket in Chipping Sodbury is to take place this month.

Developer Chelverton Deeley Freed wants to build a Waitrose supermarket on the Barnhill Quarry site.

The scheme has attracted criticism from some residents and local traders who claim it will take trade away from their shops.

South Gloucestershire councillors will inspect the site and be asked to consider issues, including its impact.

Many of the objections submitted to the council surround the use of a site of special scientific interest for a supermarket and the impact on traders of the development.

It also received many notes of support saying the development would be a positive move for the town.

A recent poll of residents, carried out by Sodbury Town Council, showed 435 people were against the scheme, while 393 supported it.

Officers have asked councillors to consider several issues including the design in a conservation area, the impact on retail, transportation and environmental issues.

Councillors will inspect the proposed site, which would also include 170 homes, on 10 June.

A decision on the supermarket could then be made at a planning meeting on 23 June.

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