Sainsbury’s plan raises concerns

Local residents look at plans for Sainsbury's  at The Buckingham Hotel.'130509M-E407
Local residents look at plans for Sainsbury's at The Buckingham Hotel.'130509M-E407

Residents living near the proposed Sainsbury’s store on London Road, Buckingham, were invited to a drop-in session at the Buckingham Hotel yesterday, Thursday, night.

About 250 homes closest to the planned supermarket were sent invitations to the event, including those in Meadway, Meadow Gardens and some roads on Badgers.

Members of Buckingham Town Council heard a presentation on behalf of Sainsbury’s on Tuesday night.

Representative Paul Vicary told councillors the new store, at 40,000 sqft, would be about two-thirds the size of the existing Sainsbury’s store in Milton Keynes.

He said about two-thirds of the store would be devoted to food, with the rest selling clothing and homewares.

Mr Vicary said the proposals had been very strongly supported, with more than 3,000 out of 15,000 feedback questionnaires returned. Of these, 91 per cent supported or tended to support the plan.

Mr Vicary said the company expects 92 per cent of the store’s trade to come from customers who currently shop at Tesco or out of town, so it would not lure customers from the town centre.

But councillors expressed concern on several points.

Robin Stuchbury and Howard Mordue were worried the proposed new health centre could put Buckingham Hospital at risk by duplicating services. Warren Whyte said the outline of the new healthcare facility was “too vague”.

Hedley Cadd said his main concern was the proposed moving of the bridleway which currently runs across the site.