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Chipping Sodbury Waitrose backed by council planners

A proposed Waitrose supermarket in Chipping Sodbury has been recommended for outline approval by planners.

Developer Chelverton Deeley Freed wants to build the store on the Barnhill Quarry site near the town centre.

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

The recommendation will be discussed at a meeting on 23 June where councillors could make a final decision.

Scientific interest

The members of the planning committee recently visited the site ahead of the meeting.

If councillors accept the recommendation, the developers would have to spend more than £400,000 on primary school provision in the town and £244,000 on maintaining an open space near the shop.

The proposed store has attracted criticism and praise from residents.

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.

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