SHOPPERS in South Ruislip can expect a Sainsbury’s of nearly twice the size.
The supermarket in Long Drive will be demolished, to make way for a completely new store, a ground-floor car park and a refurbished petrol station.
The supermaket’s planning application was approved at a planning meeting on Thursday last week.
Work is scheduled to begin in the autumn, and eventually there will be 50 full-time and 100 part-time store jobs created.
But permission came only after councillors raised concerns about traffic at the junction of Victoria Road and Long Drive, because despite South Ruislip Residents’Association having raised the same concerns, a traffic light re-phasing was left out of the Sainsbury’s application.
South Ruislip ward Councillor Alan Kauffman spoke up on behalf of people who live in the surrounding roads. He said: “The re-phasing of the lights really needs to be done.”
The councillors added a condition to the permission, to ensure that phasing and timing of the traffic lights will be altered to accommodate the increase in traffic.
The new store will have an additional 3,000 square metres of sales floor, which will include fresh food counters, a learning unit to provide top-up English and maths tuition for five to 14 year olds and an in-store cafe.
On the outside of the new building there will be a number of small retail and business start-up shops.
Sainsbury’s is considering whether to provide a temporary store, either on the site or nearby, during construction of the new supermarket, which is estimated to take a year.