Sainsbury’s Withdraws Regeneration Plans for Bath Western Riverside
Sainsbury’s has confirmed it has withdrawn its planning application for Bath Western Riverside which included a replacement Sainsbury’s foodstore, 280 new homes, office and creative employment space, and enhancement of public areas including riverside landscaping.
The planning application was registered in June 2013 and was due to be determinated in October. Having received the vast majority of consultation responses, Sainsbury’s has taken the decision to withdraw its application and address the feedback received before submitting a revised scheme later this year. This would not be possible within the stipulated timescales for deciding major planning applications.
Michael Adenmosun, Portfolio Development Manager, said: “This is a complex proposal with many different elements. In a City such as Bath, it is challenging to reconcile the wide-ranging issues and interests involved and we are not in the least bit surprised that a major development of this nature has attracted a high level of feedback.
“The most important thing is that we continue to work with everyone with an interest in the development in moving towards a scheme that satisfactorily addresses all the planning issues. We are confident this is achievable and are encouraged by the high levels of support that we have received during our lengthy public consultation process. We are also encouraged by the fact that our intended uses for the site have not attracted objections in principle.
“We remain committed to working with the Council to help it achieve its regeneration aspirations for Bath Western Riverside and the expansion of the City Centre, providing an improved shopping offer for our customers and delivering wider regeneration for Bath residents and the local economy.
“We aim to publicly consult on revised proposals in the near future in preparation for a fresh planning application.”