Sainsbury’s has now submitted a planning application for a new Neighbourhood Hub store in Washingborough, which it hopes to open in summer 2023 and create an estimated 40 new jobs.
The supermarket chain revealed this week that it has now submitted plans to North Kesteven District Council for a 10,000 square foot store on the corner of Lincoln Road and Ferry Lane.
The store will also include an Argos Click and Collect facility, which will bring together the brands of Sainsbury’s, Argos, Habitat, and Tu Clothing together under one roof.
When the plans were first mentioned they appeared to divide opinion, and Sainsbury’s gave people the opportunity to give feedback on the proposals until February 14.
During the consultation period, 403 feedback forms were submitted by responders, along with 17 emails.
When asked whether they would support improved shopping choice in Washingborough 64% of respondents indicated that they would. The feedback also showed that 57% said they would support or tend to support a new Sainsbury’s specifically.
As well as creating an estimated 40 new jobs, Sainsbury’s will also support additional employment throughout the construction phase of the store.
A total of 81 parking spaces are proposed to accompany the new store, which would include several electric vehicle fast charging points. Entry would be via a new vehicle and pedestrian access point from Lincoln Road to the south of the site.
Patrick Dunne, Sainsbury’s Property Director, said: “We’re committed to listening to customers and communities so that we can invest in what matters to them.
“I’m pleased by the response we’ve had to our proposals for a new store in Washingborough and we have carefully considered the valuable feedback provided before submitting our application. “
As part of the development and Sainsbury’s wider strategy to become a Net Zero business, the Washingborough store would be designed to achieve a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) ‘Very Good’ rating.
It would also rely on 100% renewable electricity as well as not using only gas to meet its energy requirements.