Sainsbury's supermarket and 700+ homes plan for Haverfordwest are approved
8:51am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
Haverfordwest is likely to see a new supermarket and more than 700 homes after the plans won the backing of planning officers.
Sainsbury’s and developers Conygar submitted plans for a new store, petrol station and road improvements in December with the large plan coming before today’s (Tuesday) Planning and Rights of Way Committee.
The proposal, which is for full planning permission, is recommended for approval by council planning officers.
A related plan, also recommended for approval, is for outline planning for the construction of 729 houses and the supermarket on land near Slade Lane, Haverfordwest.
A further application for 106 homes near the site was withdrawn in July but plans for the development of Ebenezer Row, off the Churnworks roundabout, which leads to the new access proposed for Sainsbury’s, are due for consideration.
The Sainsbury’s store would have a gross floor area of 8,781 square metres with a café and a car park with 541 spaces. There will also be a six pump petrol station on site.
A new junction off Thomas Parry Way is included in the plan.
A number of objections to the plans have been made.
Haverfordwest Town Council said there was no retail need and the development was too close to residential properties.
The town’s Civic Society felt the population increase would ‘overwhelm Haverfordwest’, existing properties will be vacant following the closure of Cawdor Barracks and there is ‘no need for the development’.
The scale of the development was also highlighted by residential objectors as well as traffic congestion concerns and an increase in noise and air pollution.
County Councillor Tom Tudor, who represents the ward the plans relate to objected on the grounds of noise, air and light pollution, flood risk, traffic congestion and the area is allocated for housing only not retail.
However, there is also support for the plans, including from Haverfordwest Chamber of Commerce which said that along with the Ebenezer Row development the plan will help regenerate that area of the town and provide a draw to the town centre.
Job opportunities and more retail competition were also highlighted in the letters of support for the application.
UPDATE: The plan was unanimously approved by councillors this afternoon. Full report of the meeting to follow.
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