Sainsbury’s fourth bid for store in Blackstock Road
Residents say "there is absolutely no need for a supermarket on this site"
08 February, 2019 — By Helen Chapman
Resident’s protesting the Sainsbury’s last year
SAINSBURY’S has kickstarted another round in its battle to open a store in Highbury after appealing against a planning rejection.
The supermarket is making is fourth bid to open a “local” branch in Blackstock Road in a saga dating back to 2015.
Neighbours and businesses in the area are opposed, warning its arrival would drive out independent traders and cause traffic problems with deliveries.
A planning inspector will now decide on the application.
Christian Spurrier, who helped organise a protest against the store opening last year, said: “Our community has made clear, again and again, that there is absolutely no need for a supermarket on this site.”
Local councillor Caroline Russell, from the Green Party, said: “I’ll be working closely with the Highbury community to stop Sainsbury’s bullying it’s way onto Blackstock Road. Highbury’s thriving local high street is filled with a range of small independent shops and doesn’t need a second Sainsbury’s. It’s also clear there just isn’t the space for a supermarket on the proposed site. The plans would create a lorry loading bay, just metres away from a nursery. Highbury residents don’t want the lorry danger, increase in air pollution & loss of pavement”
Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd replied to the Tribune request for comment by saying that it “can confirm we’ve appealed”.