Sainsbury’s has confirmed that it is looking to build a new superstore on the current empty site on London Road, next to the Blissfield Gardens estate.
The company says that the new store would enable residents to shop locally rather than have to travel to other towns for their weekly shop. The current Sainsbury’s in the centre of town would be kept as a “top-up food store” for essentials.
Sainsbury’s has also said that it would improve road access both on London Road and in town as part of its bid to gain approval for the new store. A roundabout would be constructed on London Road at the turn-off to Trinity Road; the existing double-roundabout by Off The Beaten Track would be improved; and a pedestrian crossing point would be provided by the petrol station on Albion Street.
260 parking spaces would be provided on site, which the company says would also enable parents of children at Holy Trinity Primary to park on the development, rather than causing congestion on the main road.
Sainsbury’s is holding a public consultation on its proposals prior to submitting a formal planning application to West Oxfordshire District Council. Members of the public are invited to attend at the Town Hall on Friday 10 June between 2pm and 8pm or on Saturday 11 June between 10am and 4pm. Alternatively, opinions can be given on the official Sainsbury’s Chipping Norton website – http://sainsburys-chippingnorton.co.uk.