A public inquiry will be held next week into a supermarket chain’s application to replace an old Sheffield pub one with of its neighbourhood stores.
Arguments for an against demolishing the Old Cart and Horses Inn in High Green to make way for a Sainsbury’s ‘Local’ will be heard by a Government inspector at The Workstation in Paternoster Row in the city centre from Tuesday.
The inquiry is scheduled for three days.
It is the latest attempt by one of the big supermarkets to secure permission for a smaller outlet, either in the suburbs or the city centre.
Many critics say the companies are squeezing out independent traders.
But Sainsbury’s proposals for the High Green site were rejected because of concerns about an increase in vehicles turning into and out of the car park and the design of the proposed building in relation to its surroundings.
Objectors included pupils of High Green Primary, who warned of traffic problems along Wortley Road, and there was a 597-name protest petition.
However, Sainsbury’s can point to the support of council officers, who were over-ruled by councillors when the decision to reject the scheme was made last April.
Afterwards, Ecclesfield parish councillor Vic Bowden said: “The Old Cart and Horses Inn is almost 200-years-old and an important part of the character of our community. Demolishing this old pub to make way for a soulless supermarket store, would have shown a complete lack of respect to the hundreds of residents who have objected to the plans.
The inspector will give the verdict at a later date.