Shoppers can get their first glimpse of what the new Sainsbury’s store planned for Gorleston could look like at open meetings later this month.

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The retail giant is holding two public exhibitions in the town and residents are invited to have their say about the proposed new store, which is set to create more than 300 jobs in the area.

The familiar orange-branded chain announced in August that it wanted to build a new store in Beacon Park and bosses have already reached an agreement with Great Yarmouth Borough Council over plans, and are hoping to submit a formal application by the end of the year.

Sainsbury’s staff, who are working on the Gorleston project, will be on hand during the public exhibitions and will be keen to seek out residents’ views about the new store.

Robert Oxley, development executive at Sainsbury’s, said: “Sainsbury’s have been working hard on the proposals for the Gorleston store at Beacon Park to ensure we bring forward a development that residents of Gorleston want to see in their town.

“The proposals have been designed to give shoppers greater quality and choice as well as complement the council’s vision for the Beacon Park Enterprise Zone.”

The council’s masterplan for Beacon Park aims to make the area a flourishing retail spot, with Sainsbury’s sitting alongside other stores providing a mix of shops that residents can get to on foot, rather than having to rely on their cars.

The proposed 47,000 sq ft supermarket is set to include a wide range of food and drink, an in store cafe, petrol station and car park with 550 spaces.

Mr Oxley added: “We look forward to showing the people of Gorleston these plans at the exhibitions in the coming days and I would like to encourage as many local people to attend and tell us what they think about our proposals.”

The exhibitions are being held on Friday, October 19 from 11am - 6pm at the Travelodge in Sidegate Lane, Beacon Park and on Saturday, October 20 from 10am - 3.30pm at Gorleston library in Lowestoft Road.

7 comments

  • The final nail in the coffin for Gorleston High Street and Yarmouth town centre. The majority of people live on the Gorleston side of the river so why bother in future going to Yarmouth at all. Or struggle to find a parking place in Gorleston High Street.

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    BG

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Well be no great Yarmouth town as we know it soon .....shops closing fast not being filled.rents to high all knock on to the seaside trade. RIP great Yarmouth .

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    beerman1

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • "The council’s masterplan for Beacon Park aims to make the area a flourishing retail spot...," Strange. I thought this was supposed to be for light industrial use ?. Since when has this been designated for a retail spot ?. I assume that the relavent planning changes have been applied ?. Will it end up like Yarmouth town centre, dead ?. Time the council gave us all some answers !.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • When planning permission was being sought for Beacon Park we were all told it would be a light industrial park NO Heavy Vehicles would be alowed so now the Council is going back on the original planning permission rules. Because there will be Heavy Vehicles using it and the roundabout into Beacon Park is bad enough I can see many accidents are going to happen.

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    Dave

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Count the days now to the closure of the town centre branch.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • I see the councillors are looking forward to seeing a totally dead Gorleston high street? Barmy decision making again.'Pass the envelope please', 'why,of course' came the reply from Lord D.L.Sainsbury.

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    wes1975

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Not only that Dave. Which council idiot (NCC or Yarmouth) decided it would be a good idea to put a pelican crossing just as you come off the Beacon roundabout going towards the hospital ?.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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