Council left waiting to check out store’s plans

How Sainsbury's in Thame might look
How Sainsbury's in Thame might look

The waiting game over a decision on controversial plans for a new Sainsbury’s in Thame continues.

The application, due to be considered by South Oxfordshire District Council, could see a new 22,000 sq ft store on the Cattle Market site in the town.

But a date for the decision has still not been set and the council says plans are being held back by the supermarket giant, from which it is waiting further information.

The council originally stated the plans would not be considered before July 18, which has now passed, but the wait looks set to continue while Sainsbury’s prepares more information on design and parking.

A spokesman from Sainsbury’s said: “South Oxfordshire District Council is currently considering our application. Following a meeting with the council’s planning officer, we are in the process of providing some additional information relating to design and parking.

“Providing additional information is normal procedure for a major planning application. The additional information relates to detailed matters and would not change the main elements of the scheme.”