Sainsbury’s wants to build a 30,000sq ft store on land off Reading Road as part of a site to the north east of the village earmarked for hundreds of new homes.
Hook Parish Council has objected to the plans, giving 10 reasons why it should be rejected by Hart District Council. It said that as the district council’s draft local plan, the blueprint for building homes in Hart up to 2029, was dismissed by a planning inspector, the application was premature. Other reasons for objection included added traffic, inadequate pedestrian access and an “uninspired” building design which the parish council said looks like “a dull retail shed not suitable in this location having regard to the nearby listed buildings”.
Tesco which also owns a store in the area has objected.