Convenience store wins approval

January 25 2019

A LONG-awaited convenience store in Lyde Green has been given the go-ahead.

Sainsbury’s submitted plans for a single-storey convenience store with 374sq m of floorspace and 254sq m of retail space, associated service yard, ATM cash machine and 15 car parking spaces (including one disabled space) for customers in September last year.

It will be located on Willowherb Road, in the vacant land next to the Lyde Green Community Centre at the top of Thistle Close, and the store will also have a corner entrance with stepped access and a raised walkway from the car park.

During the consultation period, comments from residents were largely positive, with many stating it was a much needed amenity in the local area.

However, concerns were also raised by different groups, including Emersons Green Town Council, in regards to the creation of an alleyway between the community centre and the convenience store, which they believed could be subject to anti-social behaviour.

In response to these concerns, Sainsburys has proposed the installation of CCTV to cover the alleyway, as well as the entrance area of the store and the proposed cycle parking area.

The planning application was approved by South Gloucestershire Council on January 11, with conditions which included no deliveries apart from newspapers being taken at the site outside the hours of 6am to 11pm. 

A Sainsburys spokesman said the company hoped to open the store later this year.