Westfield supermarket plans raise concern in Somerset

Proposed Sainsbury's in Westfield
Image caption The proposed supermarket would sell food, clothes and homeware and have a petrol station

Some residents living in Somerset have expressed concerns about plans for a supermarket in the area.

Sainsbury's wants to build what would be one of the region's largest stores on an old factory site in Westfield, between Midsomer Norton and Radstock.

John Plenty at Radstock and Midsomer Norton's Chamber of Commerce said it would put traders out of business.

Sainsbury's told the BBC the location at St Peter's Factory, Wells Road, would help keep shoppers in the area.

It said it wanted to complement, not compete with Radstock and Midsomer Norton town centres, and the local facilities in Westfield.

'Kill' trade

"[This] will kill the town centre. There won't be any independent traders left," Mr Plenty added.

"We would much rather have something in the town centre that works with the traders.

"It's not that we don't want another supermarket. We want it working with us rather than working against us."

The proposed 55,000 sq ft (5,000 sq m) store would sell food, clothes and homeware and have a petrol station.

Mr Plenty said he would rather a smaller supermarket was built at the South Road car park in Midsomer Norton, which Bath and North East Somerset Council has already earmarked for development.

Residents have until 11 February to give their views on the proposals.

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