CTP and Sainsbury’s have submitted a planning application to Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council for a large scheme in Neston Town Centre.

The proposed scheme will comprise a 35,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s food store with a café and parking for 238 cars.

The scheme, designed by Faulkner Browns, will also include community facilities, 14 residential units and a new town square.

The application follows a development brief produced by the council in response to a decline in Neston’s local trace and an estimated leakage of around 70% of the town’s expenditure to food stores in neighbouring towns.

Keith McCormack, director at CTP, said: ‘The Council’s brief was to produce a high quality development which would fit into the existing Town Centre fabric and stop leakage out of Neston to nearby towns. We believe that these proposals provide an exciting opportunity to help recapture trade and assist in the regeneration of the town centre.’

Paul Miller, regional development surveyor at Sainsbury’s, said: ‘We are confident that Sainsbury’s presence in Neston will have a positive impact on the town by encouraging local residents to remain within the town centre to do their shopping.’

Subject to planning permission work could begin on the site later this year with completion by christmas 2009.