Sainsbury’s store refusal means no extra lorries for Great Dunmow

COMMUNITY members and the town council in Great Dunmow will be celebrating this evening after a supermarket planning application was turned down.

An application for Sainsbury’s in Saffron Walden would have meant that large lorries would have been routed through the town centre, namely Market Place, the High Street, and North Street, before being driven up the B184 through Thaxted.

Speaking on behalf of Dunmow Town Council at the planning meeting on Thursday afternoon (December 9) Cllr Trudi Hughes said: “We object to the application because huge lorries would be routed through our town.

“They would have to go through the worst bottleneck next to the Starr in Market Place and would be in danger of hitting the walls, as has been done before.

“They are too big and too dangerous for that route.”

Uttlesford District Council’s development control committee voted against allowing the retail giants to build a store on Thaxted Road in the north of Saffron Walden.

It was a close decision however as chairman Jackie Cheetham had to use her casting vote with the committee split down the middle.