THIS is the first glimpse of plans for a huge new supermarket in the borough which could create more than 400 jobs.
Two hundred residents had their say on proposals to build a new Sainsbury’s supermarket in Millingford Industrial Estate, off Bridge Street, Golborne.
Representatives from the company’s development team answered questions at a two-day public consultation event at Golborne Library.
Up to 12,500 Sainsbury’s consultation booklets are being delivered over a two-week period to households in the area.
A planning application is expected to submitted before the end of the year. If successful, the supermarket chain hopes to start construction work in summer 2012, with the new store set to open by mid-2013.
Michael Morris, development surveyor for Sainsbury’s, said: “Our dialogue with the local community has now begun and we have been encouraged by the initial response.
“The community feedback we receive will allow us to take these preliminary plans and develop a final scheme that is as responsive as possible to the views and ideas of people in Golborne and the surrounding area. We will endeavour to respond to all comments and look forward to taking our plans for the store to the next stage.”
If approved, Sainsbury’s new store will create around 425 jobs, and the company has pledged that the vast majority are likely to be filled by people living within a couple of miles of the site.
Sainsbury’s also say they hope the proposals will attract more investment and regeneration in the Golborne area.
The plans include 60,000sq ft of retail space, around 480 car park spaces and a customer café on a mezzanine floor.
Sainsbury’s is also proposing to divert a watercourse on the site to create an attractive water feature on the site’s perimeter.
The design would include timber cladding, extensive glazing and a stone boundary wall. A new bridge would allow customers to access the store from Bridge Street. To comment on the plans, go online at www.sainsburys-golborne.co.uk.