Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is aiming to replace another Sheffield pub with one of its neighbourhood stores.
Plans have been submitted for a ‘Local’ outlet on the site of the former Bradway Hotel, off Bradway Road, which has been empty for two years.
Already opposition is emerging on the basis of the potential impact on long established shops at the top of Twentywell Lane and the traffic implications.
At the same time, there appears to be support from some residents who would welcome a Sainsbury’s on their doorstep.
Anticipating the application, it was discussed by about 65 members of Bradway Action Group. They were “almost uniformly hostile to the idea”, said chairman Prof Stephen George.
A further survey of members indicated more opposition than support, then email contact to other people in the area suggested a 50-50 split.
“It’s clear some people think it would be good to have a Sainsbury’s that could get to on foot,” said Prof George.
While objections on the grounds of competition may be limited under planning rules, community representatives are preparing to press the council over “serious” traffic issues, including the proposed location of the car park, how delivery lorries would turn around and the effect on the busy main road.
“It is clear there would be problems with traffic and deliveries,” said Prof George.
In line with the other big supermarket chains, Sainsbury’s have rolled out a number of their ‘Local’ stores in Sheffield recently.
The application for Bradway says: “The site is currently in a state of disrepair, with graffiti and litter. The proposed development will significantly improve the appearance of the area.”
Representatives say the scheme complies with local and national planning guidelines, and there will be “no significant adverse impacts”.