OBJECTIONS continue to be raised at the prospect of a Sainsbury’s Local in a suburban shopping centre.
The convenience store is being created at the former Peter’s Hi-Fi premises on the corner of Charles Street and Faulkner Street in Hoole.
An application for signage led to a ‘significant number’ of objections according to planning officers at Cheshire West and Chester Council.
These included increased traffic, lack of parking, congestion and the effect on the vitality and viability of the shopping centre.
It was argued employment opportunities would be lost and there would be harm to the uniqueness and character of the village.
Objectors also claimed there were enough supermarkets in Hoole and described pavements at the corner as ‘narrow’.
They also believed a proposed cash machine would cause problems but this is not going ahead.
Sainsbury’s told the council it was seeking consent for three signs, which would be illuminated and two poster frames.
The application was recommended for approval and the borough council agreed the signage could have consent.