Most people want a supermarket - but not off Southampton Road

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MOST people in Salisbury do want a new supermarket but not where Sainsbury’s hopes to build one, according to a survey carried out in the city.

Wiltshire councillor Richard Clewer asked people to complete the survey and got 250 responses.

Ninety-one per cent said they did not think any new store should be built in the Southampton Road area, where planning permission is being sought for a new store.

They were asked where they would like to see a store, and the favourite option was Fugglestone Red, with 56 per cent of the vote, followed by the west of the city (38 per cent) the Old Manor Hospital site (24 per cent), Longhedge (21 per cent), Harnham (20 per cent).

Fifteen per cent of those asked said they don’t want a supermarket at all.

Cllr Clewer said: “It suggests that people do want another supermarket but ‘where?’ is the interesting question.”

Sainsbury’s have a planning application lodged to put a store opposite the existing Tesco supermarket off Southampton Road, but concerns have been raised by local people about flooding and traffic problems in the area.

Asda and Aldi also hope to come to the city, with both firms hoping to open shops off London Road.

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4:16pm Tue 27 May 14

gingin says...

There you have it the people have spoken, now it's up to the council to listen and take notice!

Find proper planning reasons to say NO > sure there must be plenty.
There you have it the people have spoken, now it's up to the council to listen and take notice! Find proper planning reasons to say NO > sure there must be plenty. gingin
  • Score: 8

5:41pm Tue 27 May 14

cactus Joe says...

250 out of a population of over 40,000 doesn't seem very representative?
250 out of a population of over 40,000 doesn't seem very representative? cactus Joe
  • Score: 4

6:22pm Tue 27 May 14

gingin says...

cactus Joe wrote:
250 out of a population of over 40,000 doesn't seem very representative?
You have a point however building another supermarket on the proposed Southampton Road site is not the right place when other parts of Salisbury are crying out for one.
[quote][p][bold]cactus Joe[/bold] wrote: 250 out of a population of over 40,000 doesn't seem very representative?[/p][/quote]You have a point however building another supermarket on the proposed Southampton Road site is not the right place when other parts of Salisbury are crying out for one. gingin
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2:51pm Wed 28 May 14

Richard Clewer says...

There were 278 responses to the survey. It would have been nice to have more but there is only so much that can be done to publicise surveys and I can't force people to fill them in.

Given the clear messages from the survey (91% of people not wanting a Sainsbury's supermarket on Southampton Road and 15% of people not wanting any more supermarkets) both of those are within the statistical relevance guides for the population.

It will now be down to the planning committee (probably strategic planning and not Southern Planning) to make an inital decision. If they turn the site down I suspect we will be heading to planning inspectors.
There were 278 responses to the survey. It would have been nice to have more but there is only so much that can be done to publicise surveys and I can't force people to fill them in. Given the clear messages from the survey (91% of people not wanting a Sainsbury's supermarket on Southampton Road and 15% of people not wanting any more supermarkets) both of those are within the statistical relevance guides for the population. It will now be down to the planning committee (probably strategic planning and not Southern Planning) to make an inital decision. If they turn the site down I suspect we will be heading to planning inspectors. Richard Clewer
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9:47am Thu 29 May 14

gingin says...

Richard Clewer wrote:
There were 278 responses to the survey. It would have been nice to have more but there is only so much that can be done to publicise surveys and I can't force people to fill them in.

Given the clear messages from the survey (91% of people not wanting a Sainsbury's supermarket on Southampton Road and 15% of people not wanting any more supermarkets) both of those are within the statistical relevance guides for the population.

It will now be down to the planning committee (probably strategic planning and not Southern Planning) to make an inital decision. If they turn the site down I suspect we will be heading to planning inspectors.
If it goes to the planning inspector that really doesn't fill me with confidence.

If the recommendation by the council is for refusal we need to hope the reasons are strong enough for the inspector to agree and uphold the council decision.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Clewer[/bold] wrote: There were 278 responses to the survey. It would have been nice to have more but there is only so much that can be done to publicise surveys and I can't force people to fill them in. Given the clear messages from the survey (91% of people not wanting a Sainsbury's supermarket on Southampton Road and 15% of people not wanting any more supermarkets) both of those are within the statistical relevance guides for the population. It will now be down to the planning committee (probably strategic planning and not Southern Planning) to make an inital decision. If they turn the site down I suspect we will be heading to planning inspectors.[/p][/quote]If it goes to the planning inspector that really doesn't fill me with confidence. If the recommendation by the council is for refusal we need to hope the reasons are strong enough for the inspector to agree and uphold the council decision. gingin
  • Score: 5

9:01pm Sat 31 May 14

nesspah says...

OMG you say it's going to the strategic planning committee which, like the cabinet, is stuffed with non-Salisbury councillors.

We might as well surrender now.
OMG you say it's going to the strategic planning committee which, like the cabinet, is stuffed with non-Salisbury councillors. We might as well surrender now. nesspah
  • Score: 2

2:55am Tue 3 Jun 14

karlmarx says...

One would hope that common sense will prevail but it looks as though the smoke and mirrors are being mustered for the inevitable yes decision. The foundations for the confusion over who made the decision are already being laid.
One would hope that common sense will prevail but it looks as though the smoke and mirrors are being mustered for the inevitable yes decision. The foundations for the confusion over who made the decision are already being laid. karlmarx
  • Score: 1

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