Full steam ahead for store

SAINSBURY’S is making good progress on its new Sudbury store, with work scheduled to finish before Christmas.

Work on the 40,000 square foot store has involved breaking up the existing factory structure on the former William Armes site, and now builders are preparing to begin the main construction phase.

The company has applied for permission from Babergh District Council to make a minor amendment to the original plan as it bids to realign a retaining wall at the back of the service yard for structural reasons.

Also included in the amendment is a proposed new access corridor on the eastern boundary of the site, which the company says is required by private legal agreement with William Armes, the previous owners of the site.

The already-approved retaining wall will be moved further east. As a result, the company says that more of the existing chalk bank vegetation, which is valuable to wildlife, will be retained.

Conservationist George Mullins is working with the council to save lizards, slow worms and a rare sulphur clover plant which are present on the site on the south-facing rear bank.

He said that the proposed minor amendment to the planning permission did not affect the conservation area.

The construction company, RG Group, has confirmed it is on schedule and is making “good progress”.

Sainsbury’s project manager Jim Woolcott said: “We are now preparing the site for laying the foundations in advance of putting up the steel frame of the store.

“We are pleased with progress on the new store in Cornard Road and remain on schedule to open our doors before the end of the year to improve shopping choice for customers.”

Sainsbury’s says it will create 300 new jobs in the town – both full-time and part-time positions – with the development of the new store.

The store will have a 300-space car park with cycle park and transport link with the town centre, and the proposals also include a customer cafe.