Store giant lays out future plans

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Tesco bosses have set out their vision for the huge development site which they own in Belper when they attended a meeting with community leaders in the town.

Representatives from the supermarket giant finally broke the company’s silence over the Meadows Edge area during a public forum at Belper Town Football Club on Friday, chaired by the town’s MP Pauline Latham.

Under the proposals, the land would be sold to third party developers, with the former Thorntons factory site earmarked for food and non-food retail units, while other areas of the vast site would be used for a residential development and a care home.

Tesco regional corporate affairs manager Adam Williams said: “I completely understand the frustration and desire to see things come forward quickly. It’s not in our interest not to see that land go to good use. We are very conscious it’s very important that any development that comes forward is very respectful of Belper and Belper’s history.”

Mr Williams said he expects plans to be submitted this year and confirmed, as reported in the Belper News, that no Tesco store of any kind would be built on the site.

In May last year, Tesco ruled out building an 80,000 square foot supermarket off Derwent Street, bringing to a close around seven years of uncertainty over the development. The company owns most of the 30-acre Meadows Edge site.

Mrs Latham said afterwardsTesco had “actually done the town a favour” as the land had not been developed “piecemeal” adding: “This is a once in a generation opportunity.”

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