Licence backed for superstore

SUPERMARKET giant Sainsbury’s has been allowed to sell alcohol at a planned new store - despite an objection by Sheffield University.

Sheffield Council’s licensing board agreed a licence for between 6am and 11pm daily, although plans to sell booze for a further hour until midnight were withdrawn.

The company did not need to apply for planning permission at the building - the former HSBC bank on the corner of Glossop Road and Upper Hanover Street - because conversion to a shop is within ‘permitted development rights’ provided a display window is retained at ground floor level.

Sheffield University said the university is concerned about potential extra traffic around an already busy junction from people wanting to visit the store.

It added that a late licence would attract clientele which would ‘cause a problem for student and public safety’.