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Latest Sainsbury’s store bid rejected

Campaigners celebrate rejection of fourth planning appeal

31 May, 2019 — By Liv Klingert

A RENEWED bid by Sainsbury’s to open a store in Highbury has been rejected by government planners anxious to protect trees.

It was the fourth planning appeal by the supermarket chain for a new store in Blackstock Road.

Sainsbury’s planned to chop down trees outside the former Highbury Vale police station site to build a loading bay.

The plans were opposed by determined campaigners and Islington Council. Campaigner Janice Acquah said: “The precious trees saved the day.

“I am elated at the result. It’s a vindication of the hard work the community has done and a vindication of the council.”

The store has been attempting to open a Local branch in Blackstock Road since 2015, but planning consent has repeatedly been refused.

Government planning inspector AJ Steen rejected Sainsbury’s latest appeal “because of the effect of the proposed development on trees”.

Another concern was the impact of traffic and parking.

Highbury East councillor Sue Lukes said: “The council has done a great job in defending our vibrant and independent community and Sainsbury’s needs to finally accept that its plans are just simply not acceptable.”

A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman said: “We are disappointed with the outcome and reviewing our options.”

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