Sainsbury’s has scrapped plans to extend one of its stores into an area of natural woodland following a campaign led by Queen guitarist Brian May. The 73-year-old claimed the development in Burpham, Surrey, threatened the ‘very existence’ of the local hedgehog population. Under the proposals, some 70 trees would have been removed from the site, it is understood, although the supermarket giant said it would replace them with more than 300 plants. However, wildlife campaign group the Save Me Trust, which May co-founded, warned the project could destroy an ‘essential wildlife habitat’ and launched a petition urging the chain to rethink. In a statement announcing its decision on Wednesday, Sainsbury’s said it would revise its expansion to create a buffer zone around the woodland. A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s said: ‘The communities we serve are at the heart of everything we do. We have listened to the concerns with regards to our proposal and have withdrawn our planning application. ‘We will work in partnership with local groups to redesign our application, so that it doesn’t touch the buffer zone surrounding the ancient woodland and also increases the biodiversity of the area. ‘We look forward to working with the community over […]


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