Belper MP Pauline Latham has described Tesco’s plans to build more than 100 homes on land they own in Belper as “disappointing”.
The politician was speaking after Britain’s biggest retailer unveiled proposals for more than 100 homes at Meadows Edge during an exhibition in early May.
She held her own public consultation over the plans at Belper School on Thursday, May 22 after a number of Belper residents voiced their discontent at Tesco’s plans. Previously, Mrs Latham has also arranged meetings between Tesco and local groups, such as the charity Transition Belper, to allow an exchange of ideas over what to do with the site.
Mrs Latham said that at these meetings, a number of suggestions were made, which would have turned Belper into a “social, economic and commercial hub.”
However, she added that in spite of this positive local input, it quickly became apparent at the consultation on May 1 that Tesco had allocated phase one of the development for housing, contrary to the concerns raised previously about the negative impact this would have on existing facilities, like the Drop Inn.
Mrs Latham said: “It became clear that residents were not happy about the plans for the site. At the meetings I had been holding with Tesco, Transition Belper, local businesses and other stakeholders over the last few months, they came up with some really good ideas, and things were looking positive. However, it now seems that Tesco have earmarked phase one of the development for housing, which is very disappointing for local people because they haven’t changed from their first plan.”