Ipswich: Council takes action against supermarket giant Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury's on Woodbridge Road, previously the Golden Key.

Sainsbury's on Woodbridge Road, previously the Golden Key. - Credit: Archant

Retail giant Sainsbury’s has fallen foul of Ipswich Council – and has been served legal papers in a dispute over work on its new store in Woodbridge Road.

Planning permission to convert the former Golden Key pub into a Sainsbury’s Local was granted on appeal after the borough originally rejected the application.

However there was a condition that conversion work could only take place between 7.30am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am to 2pm on Saturdays because it is close to many homes. No work is permitted on Sundays or Bank Holidays.

Residents complained that contractors working on the development had ignored the restrictions, and the borough’s planning department has now served an official notice on Sainsbury’s demanding they obey the time restrictions. If work continues outside the permitted hours the company could face a fine.

It is understood there had been informal discussions with the company about the restrictions before it was felt necessary to start legal proceedings.

County councillor Sandra Gage, who has been contacted by several residents about the work, said: “Sainsbury’s contractors have continually ignored the restrictions placed on them in the planning application setting the working hours.

“This action is absolutely unacceptable and we are pressing Sainsbury’s to work within the guidelines set out in the planning permission documentation.”

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A spokeswoman for Sainsbury’s said: “There have been occasions when work has taken place outside of permitted hours, and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. We work closely with our contractors and follow up complaints immediately.”