Council: ‘We would be extremely disappointed if Sainsbury’s pulled out’

Gatehouse Road Sainsbury's
Gatehouse Road Sainsbury's

Sainsbury’s second thoughts over plans to build a giant superstore in Gatehouse Road has been met with disappointment by the council’s business chief.

Aylesbury Vale District Council has been working with the supermarket giant on plans to develop the site opposite its Gateway offices.

The agreement also included a pledge to refurbish their existing store, and the area around it in Buckingham Street, and create a number of affordable flats.

But Sainsbury’s issued a statement to the Bucks Herald yesterday, saying that it is reconsidering its position on the scheme following a tough financial year.

Responding to the news, councillor Steve Bowles, portfolio holder for economic development at AVDC, said: “We have been working closely with Sainsbury’s on progressing their Section 106 agreement to allow the planning permission to be issued.

“We have not received any information from Sainsbury’s indicating that they no longer intend to pursue the Gatehouse Road project but we are aware of their announcement that they are reviewing their portfolio across the country.

“We would be extremely disappointed if for any reason Sainsbury’s decided not to pursue their planning permissions in the Vale particularly in respect of the existing Aylesbury town centre store.”