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Sainsbury's in Haverhill to extend online offering

Sainsbury's , Haverhill.Pictured; (1931126)
Sainsbury's , Haverhill.Pictured; (1931126)

Sainsbury’s is to expand the goods online (GOL) delivery service from its Haverhill store and introduce a hand car wash and valeting operation after planning applications for both were approved by St Edmundsbury Council.

The council’s development control committee approved both applications last Thursday, where councillors raised concerns over both bids, particularly the GOL plans.

Sainsbury’s will now be able to extend its GOL facility by 111sq metres and accommodate another 12 delivery vans, four of which would be in loading bays and the others in parking spaces.

The GOL expansion would result in the loss of 36 car parking spaces to the side of the main store, while an extra ten spaces will also go due to the car wash and valeting service, which would create four part-time and four full-time jobs.

Haverhill Town Council had objected to the GOL proposal due to concerns that the loss of the parking spaces would results in more vehicles parking on the access road that also leads to Halfords and B&Q.

Haverhill councillors John Burns, David Roach and Paula Fox all expressed concerns about the impact on the main car park and the access road. Cllr Roach also questioned what effect the expected arrival of Argos in Sainsbury’s would have on the parking.

Cllr Burns said: “I would like to see Sainsbury’s put some restrictions down there (access road) to stop cars parking there, particularly close to entrance to the car park.”

Planning officer Charlotte Waugh said that the loss of 46 car parking spaces would leave 365, above the minimum 357 spaces needed to meet the county council’s adopted parking standards.

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