Sainsbury’s plan rejected by Rutland County Council

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PLANS to build a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Oakham were thrown out by Rutland County Council last night. (Monday)

Members of the public packed the council offices in Catmose, Oakham, to hear the debate and the decision on the application by Sainsbury’s.

It was referred to full council after the plans were rejected by the development control and licensing committee last month.

Councillors voted 10 against and eight in favour of the 30,000 sq ft food store and petrol station, and supported the planning officer’s recommendations that it be refused because it is too far out of the town centre. Officers also said granting permission would go against

an already agreed planning policy to use the land for offices and warehouses.

Coun Peter Golden (Lib Dem) said: “This application is clearly contrary to local and national policies. Its supporters highlight the jobs that might be created but that is only a benefit to the county if a similar number of jobs is not lost in the town centre in coffee shops, clothes shops, even supermarkets.”

Sainsbury’s wanted to build on the corner of Lands’ End Way and Burley Park Way. The store would have created 300 jobs.

Waitrose wants to build a store on the site of Rutland County College.