Waitrose is given final backing for new store

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Waitrose has been given the final green light to build a new store in Wootton by planning officials at Northampton Borough Council.

The company was given planning permission to build a new store next to the Northampton Garden Centre in Newport Pagnell Road, Wootton, in July last year.

But changes to their plans meant the designs had to go back to the council’s planning committee this week.

During a meeting at the Guildhall, Ken Harrison from Waitrose told councillors there were only three minor changes to the latest scheme.

He said: “There are three main issues. They are changes to the store’s opening hours, slight changes to the service road into the store and changes to the front elevation of the building.”

Explaining the need for longer opening hours, he said: “In the lead up to Christmas and bank holidays, we’d like to extend our opening hours to ease congestion in the store and make it easier for people to shop.”

The change will see the store open from 7am until 11pm from Monday to Friday and for a total of six hours on Sundays.

The number of parking spaces will also be increased from 429 to 468.

The development is expected to create about 120 new jobs. Waitrose has said it hopes to open the new store within the next 18 months.

The plans were unanimously approved by councillors.