Sainsbury’s decision will not be until July at earliest

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A CONTROVERSIAL plan for a new Sainsbury’s store in Thame will not be heard until July at the earliest it has emerged this week.

Orginially set for the last week in April, the application for the store on Thame’s Cattle Market site will now not be heard until after July 18.

A recent poll by The Thame Gazette saw overwhelming opposition to the plans, although Sainsbury’s has insisted it’s own research shows it has the backing of residents.

A statement from the supermarket giant this week read: “This is a major planning application both for Thame and the district as a whole and the council has to consider every aspect thoroughly before a decision can be made.

“It is unlikely that the application will go to the planning committee before July 18.

“The new National Planning Policy Framework was published by the government in March this year and has a direct impact on the processing of the planning application.

“This has increased the amount of time it has taken to assess the application, but it is obviously important that the council ensures all the relevant issues are fully considered.”