Sainsbury's plan for demolition of Belgrave flyover approved
Councillors last night approved plans by Sainsbury's to demolish Belgrave flyover and its nearby store and build a supermarket elsewhere.
The company proposes to replace the store with 10 shops and business units.
The scheme, which was approved by the city council's planning committee, had been opposed by Belgrave Business Association.
It feared the new shops and businesses would take trade from retailers on the Golden Mile.
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Sainsbury's scheme to build a supermarket on the former GE Lighting site, in Rushey Mead, had also been opposed by 350 people, who signed a petition saying they wanted a community centre on the site.
Plans by Asda to open a store near Exploration Drive, off Abbey Lane, Leicester, were also being considered by the planning committee last night.
They were being recommended for approval but a decision had not been made at the time of going to press.
About 860 people have objected to Asda's plans. The company said its store would employ 325 people.
Because of the size of the schemes, a final decision on them will be made by the Secretary of State.