In February 2013, the East Northamptonshire Development Control Committee granted planning permission for the new food store and associated works (application EN11/01234/FUL) on the cattle market site. Permission was granted subject to a long list of conditions and the completion of a Section 106 legal agreement to secure a contribution to the town’s Charter Fair and the implementation of a travel plan for the town.
Following completion of the legal agreement the decision was issued to the applicant in June 2013 and the council has had no direct involvement since that date. The developer has three years from the date of this decision to start works and, as such, the planning permission is still valid for another two years. The three year time limit is used nationally but in any event the council cannot insist that the development goes ahead.
Since the grant of planning permission, the applicant has been working with Northamptonshire County Council to achieve consent for the Traffic Regulation Orders necessary for the supermarket to be built. These have now been approved by the County Council, but further technical highway design work remains to be completed before works can start on site.
We hope that Sainsbury’s will start work as soon as possible once all the necessary permissions are in place and the cattle market is relocated.