Sainsbury’s drops its store and medical centre plans

Sainsbury's drop-in session for near residents at The Buckingham Hotel.'130509M-E408 ENGPNL00120130905172538
Sainsbury's drop-in session for near residents at The Buckingham Hotel.'130509M-E408 ENGPNL00120130905172538

Sainsbury’s has pulled out of a major development that would have delivered a new health centre as well as a big new store.

Back in April 2013, the supermarket chain announced plans to build a 40,000sq ft store opposite Tesco on London Road, Buckingham, with a new four-pump petrol station and 395 car parking spaces.#

Sainsbury’s said, if approved, the store would create about 200 new full- and part-time jobs.

As part of the development, Sainsbury’s also proposed building a brand new healthcare facility incorporating GP surgeries with minor operating theatres, outpatient services, a dialysis unit and out-of-hours GP services.

Planning officers at Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) officers recommended that the application be refused.

But after strong public support for the move, with residents holding placards attending the planning meeting, the outline plans were passed in December 2013.

Since that time, two other supermarkets have opened in Buckingham.

Sainsbury’s has opened a small ‘Sainsbury’s Local’ store in the town centre, on the former Chandos Cinema site, and a branch of Aldi has opened in the old Focus store on the Buckingham bypass.

A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “It is with regret that Sainsbury’s has concluded that the proposed new store on London Road in Buckingham will no longer be progressed.

“In the period since the proposals were first announced in spring 2013, shopping patterns have changed considerably.

“As part of an ongoing review of all new supermarket schemes, Sainsbury’s has concluded that a viable scheme can no longer be delivered at the London Road site.

“We have therefore withdrawn our planning application for the site.

“We recognise that this news will be disappointing for the many local people who supported our proposals for Buckingham and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to get involved during the planning process.

“Sainsbury’s remains committed to providing the best possible service from its Chandos Road Local store in Buckingham.”

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