Published: 00:01, 04 September 2014 |
Updated: 09:10, 04 September 2014
The committee voted against planning officers’ recommendations to refuse the 30,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s store at Discovery Park and instead approved both.
This means they will now be sent to the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, for consideration.
If he decides to take no action - both supermarkets could be built.
The main reason planning officers gave for recommending the Sainsbury’s at Discovery Park for refusal was it’s out of town location, and the belief that it would not add any footfall to the town centre. They said it would also take from existing trade.
Andrew Jackson, property consultant for GL Hearn, said: “It will have a significant adverse impact on the vitality and viability of Sandwich.
“It will affect trading of some of the retailers who may be trading on thin margins and could lead to store closures. If both stores were developed it would be significantly adverse.”
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