PLANS for a new Sainsbury’s supermarket in Oakham have been submitted.
The supermarket chain wants to open the 28,000 sqft store on the former Rutland County College site in Barleythorpe Road and has submitted an application to Rutland County Council, creating 250 jobs.
The plans include a customer cafe, cash machine, recycling centre and 267 car parking spaces including 15 disabled spaces, motorcycle parking and space for 16 bicycles.
It is the supermarket chain’s second bid to open a store in Oakham. The first, for a 30,000 sq ft store and petrol station on land near the bypass, was turned down because councillors felt it was too far from the town centre and the land had been designated for employment use.
Waitrose was previously looking to build a store on the Rutland County College site but talks with Tresham broke down.
The Sainsbury’s store would sell a wide range of food products and some non-food items, likely to include children’s clothes.
It would be open from 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and between 10am and 4pm on Sundays and bank holidays.
The store itself would be eco-friendly and include a rain water harvesting system and a biomass boiler. The site would be improved by adding trees and shrubs to the borders and would have bat boxes added.
The plans also include a roundabout at the junction of Barleythorpe Road and Lands’ End Way and a zebra crossing in Lands’ End Way.
There would also be improved access to Lonsdale House, which is still owned by the college’s former owners Tresham College of Further and Education.
Before submitting the application, Sainsbury’s conducted a public consultation event and sent leaflets
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to 6,000 homes.
Sainsbury’s regional development executive Robert Oxley said: “We believe our proposed store would improve the choice of places to do a weekly food shop in Oakham which could help encourage more local residents to stay in the town instead of travelling to places further afield.
“We have received very positive feedback from local residents so far and hope that they will continue to support our proposals as the council progresses our application.”
Sainsbury’s has previously said it hoped to get a decision on the planning application in spring with a view to starting work soon after to demolish the college and build the supermarket. The store would open in autumn 2014.
A spokesman for Tresham declined to comment on Sainsbury’s application and said it had no “immediate plans” for Lonsdale House, a former college boarding house, which is currently standing derelict. It was hit with two arson attacks earlier this year.
Rutland County College opened this term at a new site in Barleythorpe.