Decision on Aylesbury Sainsbury’s delayed again

An artist's impression of how the Gatehouse store would look
An artist's impression of how the Gatehouse store would look

Planners have been given more time to decide on proposals for a massive Sainsbury’s superstore and regeneration project in Aylesbury.

The shopping giant hopes to build the 70,000 sq ft store, which will create 300 jobs, on the corner of Bicester Road and Gatehouse Road. There are also plans to revamp its Buckingham Street store, regenerate Cambridge Street and New Street and build new retail units and retirement apartments.

The plans were submitted to Aylesbury Vale District Council in March 2013, with the original deadline for making a decision set for last June.

However, discussions have been drawn out over the highways, retail and the supermarket’s cash contributions to local authorities.

In November an extension on the decision was granted until yesterday (January 15), but this deadline has now been extended until March 12, nearly a year after the plans were submitted.

An AVDC spokesman said the applications may be considered at a meeting in February.

The proposals have received widespread support in the town, with 95% of people surveyed last year backing the developments.