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Changes to Chipping Sodbury supermarket plan proposed

A number of changes to a proposed Waitrose supermarket in Chipping Sodbury have been submitted, including improved access to the town centre.

The scheme has attracted criticism from some residents and local traders who claim it will take trade away from their shops.

But the developer, Chelverton Deeley Freed, has now introduced a number of changes to the plan.

A pedestrian walkway will be moved nearer to the shops in the town centre.

Paddy Fox, from Chelverton Deeley Freed, said they had bought the land for the walkway to show they were committed to providing a better link to local traders.

No difference

"We wouldn't commit [to buying the land] unless we were committed to the future of Chipping Sodbury."

But Stephen Daniels, who runs Artingstall butchers in the town centre, said the new link "would not make a difference".

"When you go in there and its raining, people will stop there," he said. "I don't think the situation will change."

Other alterations to the scheme will include a smaller car park to increase a "landscaping buffer" between the development and the nearby River Frome.

The number of homes planned for the site will now drop from 183 to 170 after concerns were raised about building them on a site of special scientific interest.

A recent poll of residents, carried out by Sodbury Town Council, showed 435 people were against the scheme while 393 supported it.

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