Sainsbury's to submit revised plans for Bristol store

Artist's impression of the new store Sainsbury's said it was going to appeal against the original planning refusal

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Sainsbury's has said it will submit new plans for a superstore at Ashton Gate in Bristol.

Councillors rejected the original plans for what would have been the South West's biggest supermarket in July.

The decision thwarted Bristol City Football Club's ambitions to build a new stadium.

The club had hoped the land sale would help fund its proposed £92m stadium at nearby Ashton Vale, and has worked with the supermarket chain on the new plans.

Sainsbury's said it would also be appealing against the original planning refusal.

'Consulting on changes'

Jamie Baker, head of property development south for Sainsbury's, said: "Having taken the comments from councillors and local residents and community groups into consideration we believe that this revised scheme offers improvements over and above the original proposals."

He said Sainsbury's had presented the proposed changes to members of Bristol City Council and that the revised application would now be submitted.

Mr Baker said the revised plans put greater emphasis on public transport, pedestrian access and cycling provision, and that the store design had a significantly different look.

He said they would also be seeking to work with local traders to develop an effective retail support plan for North Street and East Street.

"Sainsbury's remains committed to working closely with the local community to develop a scheme that brings redevelopment that is in line with local aspirations," he said.

"We shall be consulting on the changes as part of our new application," he said.

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