Plans to build a supermarket in a busy Northampton road are due to be approved, despite opposition from residents and rival stores.
Councillors are expected to give the go-ahead to the planned scheme on the site of the old W Grose garage, in Kingsthorpe Road, next week.
The application from Creaton-based Mulberry Property Developments Ltd has been submitted without a development partner, although the firm has worked with Tesco on recent stores in Desborough and Corby.
The proposed 4,518 square metre store would also include offices, a petrol station, an online delivery service and a recycling centre, along with 278 car parking spaces, accessed from Kingsthorpe Road.
A report, which will be considered by Northampton Borough Council’s planning committee on Tuesday, details objections from the Co-operative Group, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.
And it also refers to 11 letters of objection from residents in Balmoral Road, Branksome Avenue, Clarence Avenue, Kingsthorpe Grove and Queens Park Parade.
Councillor Sally Beardsworth (LibDem, Kingsthorpe), said: “People are going to have to cope with a huge influx of traffic. It’s hard enough getting through Kingsthorpe at the best of times.
“There is a limit to what people can take. We have got two Asda stores and a very good Waitrose, which is very popular.
“We also have the main drag with all the other shops as well.
“I think it would be a big mistake.”
Residents objecting to the scheme cited concerns over traffic, noise, pollution and safety and also said there was no need for another supermarket in the area.
The supermarkets said the proposals would take trade away from the centre of Kingsthorpe. The report added: “The fact there is no named operator indicates that the proposed development is no better placed than the Barrack Road sorting office to meet retail need and would create uncertainty.”
Mulberry has been given a lengthy list of 25 conditions to adhere to should it build the store.