Controversial plans to open a Sainsbury’s store in Newby could be thrown out on Thursday after Highways chiefs refused to back the proposals due to the impact on traffic levels.
Scarborough Council’s planning committee are now likely to turn down the supermarket giant’s application following the decision, sparking fresh hopes for campaigners.
Sainsbury’s wants to demolish the vacant Natwest bank in Scalby Road and build a new store in its place.
However, North Yorkshire’s Highway Authority has turned down the revised application due to it being “a significant and undesirable intensification of the highway in the location”.
This has been put down to access issues leading to queuing traffic and its “dangerous” location as a result of it being next to a pedestrian crossing.
In the report, which will go before the committee on Thursday afternoon, case officer Emily Murphy says: “The cumulative and interlinking effect on the highway in this case is a significant cause for concern to the authority.”
More than 380 letters of objections have been submitted against the plans, with more than 600 people signing a petition calling for the council to throw out the application.
• Visit www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk on Thursday for the planning committee result.