New Sainsburys store given green light in Cross Hands

The development of a new Sainsbury’s store in the Welsh village of Cross Hands has been given the green light by government officials.

Work is set to begin on the £60 million project in Carmarthenshire early next year after officials placed the original plans on hold in August, reports the South Wales Evening Post.

The move, which is set to create hundreds of jobs for people in the area, follows a decision from Sainsbury’s to pull ideas for a second branch in Llandeilo, leading the government to hand jurisdiction back to Carmarthenshire Council.

Local authority chief executive Mark James previously raised concerns that if the plans did not go ahead it would damage plans to move pupils from Gwendraeth comprehensive school to the Maes yr Yrfa site in Cefneithin, which has recently undergone a transformation.

Mr James told the news provider: “This is a brilliant Christmas present for Carmarthenshire, particularly for young people looking for work, for education and our plans to develop Maes yr Yrfa and Gwendraeth schools.”