Sainsbury’s drops superstore and health centre plan

Residents at a consultation event for the planned Sainsbury's development
Residents at a consultation event for the planned Sainsbury's development

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.

As part of the development, Sainsbury’s also proposed to build a brand new healthcare facility.

After strong public support for the move, with residents holding placards attending the planning meeting, the 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 former 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“We have therefore withdrawn our planning application for the site.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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