In April 2011 more than 100 concerned residents packed into a meeting to discuss plans for a 35,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s store on the corner of Cop Lane and Liverpool Road. Residents fear the development will create further traffic chaos at the notorious junction and spell disaster for existing shops.
The vacant 4.9-acre site on Cop Lane, Penwortham, has detailed planning consent for a 35,000 sq ft food store. The site was sold by London-based Telereal Trillium. It is expected a planning application will be submitted to South Ribble council in the near future.
Sainsbury’s made changes to its plans including junction improvements, a new pedestrian crossing on Cop Lane, and widening Cop Lane to create two three-metre wide lanes leading up to the junction.
A campaign group "Save Penwortham from Sainsbury's Development" was set up. As of early August over 550 residents had sent objection letters to the Council.
Sainsbury's lodged a planning application for a 35,000sq ft store. More than 50 people attended a meeting organised by Penwortham Town Councillors on July 19 to discuss their response to the application. The Town Council has criticised the “scale and sheer size” of the plans.