A SUPERMARKET'S desire to expand is being checked out by planners - but they say it should not be granted per mission.
Sainsbury's is seeking to extend its Venables Road, Northwich, store, but planning officers say it would threaten the proposed multi-million pound regeneration of the Baron's Quay area.
The supermarket wants to build an L-shaped extension around the south west side of the store, which would offer a 120-seat restaurant, new concessions unit, extension to the sales area and improved toilets. It would also mean the loss of 54 car parking spaces.
Permission was granted in 2002 for an extension, but has now lapsed - and planners say the new proposal would not fit in with the Baron's Quay redevelopment, the first stage of the Northwich Vision regeneration.
Vale Royal Borough Council's head of regeneration Andy Evans said: 'The proposal threatens the comprehensive approach to the delivery of the Baron's Quay development in a holistic manner. I strongly advise that this application be refused.'
A report due to go before the council on Tuesday says there is a real concern that, if permission was granted, it could set a precedent and make it difficult for the council to resist extensions to other shops within the Baron's Quay area. It adds: 'This would frustrate the council's efforts to achieve a comprehensive scheme for the site.'