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Sainsbury’s win their planning appeal

NewsAfter last year’s unanimous decision to refuse Sainsbury’s planning permission to operate from the Calligaris site, Sainsbury’s expressed their disappointment with the ruling and within a few months had officially lodged an appeal.

After a nine month campaign against the plans, campaigners responded in kind by re-iterating the volume of opposition and how unlikely an appeal would be unless the evidence considered had changed. On 2nd June 2014 however the appeal was allowed by The Planning Inspectorate for the reasons of removal of the external ATM, increasing the number of parking spaces from 6 to 8.

The main considerations were highway safety and the free flow of traffic (mostly in Langham Road) and the noise and disturbance to neighbours. In particular, Sainsbury’s Transport Assessment contained comparisons with traffic and customer numbers from a similar store in Tooting Bec which has a larger catchment area and busier road. The Tesco Express in Twickenham that campaigners wanted to use for traffic comparisons was deemed to be not comparable.

The full text of the appeal decision can be found here.

[Update 26/11/2014] The Royal Courts of Justice took only one of the two planned court days to decide that they will uphold the Inspectors decision and allow Sainsbury’s plans to happen. For more information see the campaign website article.


0 thoughts on “Sainsbury’s win their planning appeal

  • Hate big shops

    Is it possible to appeal against an appeal?

  • Glenn Charrington

    once again big business wins and the little traders loose out. Shame on Sainsbury’s. Did they increase the number of covered bicycle racks aswell?

  • When it opens – do not use it!

  • Cllr Martin Elengorn

    An appeal decision granting approval for a planning application previously refused by the Council can only be challenged in the Courts. Those seeking judicial review would have to demonstrate either serious procedural irregularity or that the decision was irrational. I voted for refusal but I don’t think it can be argued that the Inspector’s decision was irrational.

  • Andrea Larter

    Absolutely fantastic news about Sainsburys winning their appeal. It is exactly what this end of the High Street needs to boost local business’s. Those who objected should be ashamed for wasting local government time. The economy needs local investment and this is exactly what Sainsburys will provide with many new jobs created and local cafés, hairdresser, shops, pubs and restaurants all benefiting.

    • We already have a Tesco & M & S within walking distance, a Sainburys is unnecessary. We already put up with enough rubbish & drunks in udney hall gardens, having cheap booze a stones throw away is not ideal. Parking is already an issue. Need I go on? The list of cons is endless.

  • And loads more cars and traffic on the high street, how lovely. In fact why not do away with the cottages opposite and put in a nice big roundabout to ‘smooth’ traffic flow. Or how about a multi-storey where the arts centre is……

  • Perhaps the effort should have gone into making sure that any new store would come with an appropriate building for the area. The Calligaris building really is not the prettiest in the high street.
    Personally, I would have preferred a larger type of store somewhere in Teddington rather than the Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s we will now end up with. The Local/Express type stores seem to mainly be sandwich and ready meal outlets.

  • I don’t really understand who benefits from the removal of the ATM… especially how there isn’t one nearby. Odd.

  • Once again Teddington residents win by getting a quality supermarket that will boost trade generally in the area.

    • Anne Hewitt

      One has to wonder what incentive has enabled planning permission to be accepted for the opening of a Sainsburys store on this quite inappropriate site, in an already congested traffic area with inadequate parking facilities. We do not need yet another Express-type food and drink outlet!

  • Stephen Jones

    The beauty of that end of Teddington is that there’s so few chains and the diverse range of independent retailers, so it doesn’t look like the usual UK high street.

    Also with all the supermarkets in town already, do we really need a 5th??


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