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SAINSBURY'S COMMENT

21 November 2012

Supermarket chain's reaction to delay

Yesterday the council made the decision to delay planning meeting to decide whether or not Sainsbury's can build on the current Memorial Stadium land.

Although the club have already gained planning permission for the new UWE Stadium, it is reliant upon selling the current ground to Sainsbury's to finance the move.

The council's Development Control Committee will now meet in January.

On learning of the delay Nick Higgs said: "I know that this delay is disappointing and I share everyone’s frustration that we now face another period of waiting, but it is out of our hands, this is not our application.

"However, it is vitally important that Sainsbury’s get this application right before it goes in front of the committee. They have to make sure they get all the technical details right and that there are no issues outstanding before decision time is reached.

"It is now unlikely that we will be able to build the stadium to our original time frame, which would have seen us move into the UWE Stadium at the start of the 2014/15 season, but we will be looking at ways to keep the delay to a minimum."

A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “This is a large and complex scheme covering both retail and residential development.  We have had a positive and open dialogue with Bristol City Council as the proposals have developed during consultation and are now working closely with officers on a number of final technical points.

"This work takes time and we understand the desire of the Council to define these points before the application reaches the Development Control Committee.  We remain committed and positive in our desire to bring Sainsbury’s to Horfield.”

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