See Sainbury’s supermarket plans for Stoke Newington yourself next week

Residents and traders wanting to find out more about controversial plans for a new Sainsbury’s supermarket in Stoke Newington High Street can visit an exhibition next week.

Developers Newmark Property Investments are hosting a display at Abney Hall in Stoke Newington Church Street on Friday July 1 and Saturday July 2.

Their proposals. which include a 2,200 sq m ground floor store, 94 underground parking spaces and 44 flats, have yet to go before Hackney Council but are already causing a stir in the town centre.

Shopper Judith Connor, who lives in Stoke Newington, said: “I don’t want it. The shops here are lovely. The shopkeepers work hard and have lovely produce. I don’t know why it’s a controversial issue – it’s as clear as day that no one wants a Sainsbury’s here.”

But Rose Pilkington, who lives in Dalston, supported the plans.

“I love Sainsbury’s. I don’t really know whether we need another one, but I love it. I think it’s cheaper than Tesco and has nicer food. I’d like it if the new one is a 24-hour one. That would be great.”

Existing shops and homes in 195-201 Stoke Newington High Street would be demolished under the scheme.

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Customers would enter from Stoke Newington High Street, with deliveries arriving in Wilmer Place.

Stoke Newington Business Association issued an official statement this week saying they were neither for nor against they development at this time. It can be read in full on the Gazette’s letters page on Thursday.

A joint spokesman for Sainsbury’s and Newmark said the store would create 200 new jobs and provide businesses with much-needed parking space.

The exhibtion will be open 3pm-6.30pm on Friday July 1 and 9am-1pm on Saturday July 2.