Chipping Sodbury Waitrose approved by council planners

Plans for a Waitrose supermarket in Chipping Sodbury have been approved by council 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. Others supported it.

The decision was made at a meeting at South Gloucestershire Council on Thursday.

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

'Strong support'

A statement from the campaign group Save our Sodburys said: "These proposals have already been rejected in a voting process by the residents of Chipping Sodbury.

"With this in mind, how can it be possible that the proposals can be approved against the wishes of the local community?"

Paddy Fox, director of Chelverton Deeley Freed, said: "I respect the view of the objectors, but we also had very strong support.

"We've still got a lot of work to do with the town council and district council to get a detailed scheme with design issues sorted."

South Gloucestershire Council said the application was approved subject to a section 106 agreement, in which a developer agrees to provide community facilities in return for planning permission.

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