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Green light for Sainsbury’s plans in Altira Park, Herne Bay

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PROPOSALS for a Sainsbury’s food store, petrol station and eight industrial units at Altira Park on the outskirts of Herne Bay have been fully approved by Canterbury City Council.

The local authority had resolved in October last year to grant planning permission for a Sainsbury’s foodstore, petrol station and eight industrial/warehouse units, and it has now been formally issued after the completion of legal agreements intended to secure a range of benefits for Herne Bay.

Development is due to start in spring, with works to Blacksole Bridge and the building of the new Sainsbury’s and commercial units starting soon after.

A spokesman for Terrace Hill, the developer behind the project, said: “As well as providing new jobs, more shopping choice for local people and kick-starting the development of Altira Park, the development will also provide a significant package of investment.”

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This includes, A new pedestrian and cycle bridge at Blacksole Bridge, an extended and more frequent bus service serving the food store and linking with the town centre.

The commitment to build 20,000 sq ft of speculative starter industrial units.

More than £500,000 to help support local businesses and promote the town centre, including initiatives such as business training, funding for business start-ups and a marketing plan.

£2.2 million towards upgrading the town centre, providing new and improved town centre signage and free town centre car-parking for two years.

All work is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016.

Nigel Wakefield, development director at Terrace Hill, said: “Our plans at Altira Park will deliver significant investment in Herne Bay. We are therefore delighted that planning permission has been granted and look forward to works beginning over the coming months.

“With such a large number new jobs and high level of investment being created, this development will benefit the whole area.”

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