Daubigny Road and Sainsbury
Sainsbury application to double delivery yard activity at their Lewes Road branch on Sundays and Bank Holidays was refused on 5th October 2012.
The Council decided that the increase in the delivery hours and the increase in the number of delivery vehicles would have an unacceptable detrimental impact on the amenity of residents of nearby properties contrary to policies QD27 and SU10 of the issue decision notice.
Those affected live on the east side of D'Aubigny Road. Their rear gardens back onto the supermarket's busy delivery yard. They have been engaged in a long struggle to claim a little garden leisure-time uninterrupted by unreasonable amounts on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Existing planning restrictions limit the number of deliveries (Sunday and Bank Holidays) to 2 trucks between 10.00am and 4.00pm. The use of wheeled devices in the yard is also prohibited. Sainsburys wish to double the number of truck deliveries and extend their delivery period (Sunday and Bank Holidays) to 8 hours (9.00am to 5.00pm).
Sainsburys operate 5-6 noisy home delivery trucks on Sunday in addition to receiving their permitted 2 main inbound deliveries. How has this got under the Council’s radar when Sainsburys vehicle activity on Sunday should be limited to the 2 truck movements?
The suggestion made by Sainsburys that shoppers are being deprived of fresh produce as a result of current delivery restrictions is at the very least disingenuous. Part of the produce delivered to the store is redirected to the home delivery trucks and is not available to in-store shoppers. In any case the home delivery fleet should be grounded on Sunday as planning restrictions limit total truck movements to 2.
It is recognised by many, including the architects Urban Initiatives
who have helped the Council to conduct major planning consultations affecting our area, that Lewes Road Sainsbury is not well located.
The public entrances, especially those for cars, add confusion to the layout of the Vogue Gyratory. But a less obvious problem, except to immediate neighbours, is the proximity of the store delivery yard to residential gardens where families wish to enjoy some leisure.
The noise nuisance is increased since Lewes Road Sainsbury attempts to serve both in-store shoppers as well as act as a depot for Internet delivery.
Residents in D'Aubigny Road already put up with noise nuisance during weekdays and Saturdays.