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Supermarket approved for Moreton - but not a Sainsbury's
A SUPERMARKET is set to come to Moreton – but it will not be a Sainsbury’s.
Cotswold District Council’s planning committee approved outline plans for a new store with parking at Fosseway Farm, Stow Road, at a meeting last week.
The application put forward by Minton Health Care Ltd & Glamar Leisure Ltd was approved despite 155 letters of objection, strong opposition from the surrounding town and parish councils and Moreton Business Association.
At the same meeting, members refused plans for a Sainsbury’s supermarket and petrol station on land to the south of Fosseway Avenue, next to the A429.
The application put forward by the supermarket giant split the town with 290 letters and a petition signed by 801 people in opposition; but also 199 letters of support and a petition signed by 206 people backing the plan.
Some of these supporters took to the supermarket’s Facebook page to voice their disappointment.
Cat Hancox Brain said: “I’m so sorry. I would have loved nothing more than a Sainsbury’s” and Diane Warmington said: “What a really sad day for those who wanted a Sainsbury’s, let’s hope they will appeal.”
But Emma Pomeroy, chairman of Moreton Against Sainsbury’s Supermarket, said: “It’s a victory for our many hundreds of supporters who were appalled at the idea of a superstore being built on this greenfield site, which would have ruined this sensitive ‘gateway’ to our town. We are disappointed that the council have approved outline plans for a supermarket on the Fosseway Farm site.”
Councillor Colin Hancox, chairman of Moreton Town Council, said he would like to see a supermarket at the other end of town near the Fire College.
A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said: “We are disappointed by this decision and will be considering the options available to us before deciding on our next steps.”
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