Expanding supermarket will seek second deck on car park

PUBLISHED: 12:42 23 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

SAINSBURY S supermarket in St Albans could get a second deck on its car park if plans to extend the store go ahead. The company has launched a project to extend and improve the Everard Close store off Griffith Way and at a recent in-store exhibition, cus

SAINSBURY'S supermarket in St Albans could get a second deck on its car park if plans to extend the store go ahead.

The company has launched a project to extend and improve the Everard Close store off Griffith Way and at a recent in-store exhibition, customers got the opportunity to comment on the proposals.

Sainsbury's has planned improvements to the interior of the store including a new mezzanine shopping level, a larger bakery, an improved customer restaurant and an expanded Explore Learning facility.

A Sainsbury's spokesperson said that they were happy with the customer reaction and added: "Almost everyone said that they would welcome any kind of store improvement. Some people highlighted other issues - such as a demand for a better choice of products and wider aisles - and we hope to fit these responses into our plans."

He added that a planning application would be submitted in the coming weeks to St Albans District Council alongside a Statement of Community Involvement from Sainsbury's.

The prospect of a bigger supermarket and an extra car-parking deck on the present surface-level parking has raised concerns. Peter Wares of Ramsbury Road said that he had strong reservations about the plans for the car park and added: "I think another parking level will have an adverse affect on the local environment. At present Griffith Way has a fine view of St Albans Cathedral and I would hate that to be lost in a sea of parked cars."

Sainsbury's tried to get permission for a temporary extra parking deck at its London Colney store in Colney Fields in the run-up to Christmas but the proposal was turned down by St Albans District Council planners.

Cllr Chris Brazier, planning portfolio holder, said of the latest scheme: "Sainsbury's left their London Colney proposal too late and they did not give us enough information which is why we turned it down. But in this case, because the proposal would be for a permanent car park as opposed to a temporary one, the council would have the full 13 weeks to consult St Albans residents and come to a decision."

The Sainsbury's spokesperson said that an extended store would require a bigger car park. He added: "It would only be one level tall, reaching a height of four metres. We have no intention to build a multi-storey car park at the Everard Close site."

For more details of Sainsbury's proposal, phone 0800 783 0120 or email info@sainsburys-stalbans.co.uk

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