Tesco set to reveal plans for huge development site in Belper

Tesco Corporate Affairs Managers Adam Williams (left) and Mark Thomas (right) with Belper MP Pauline Latham

Tesco Corporate Affairs Managers Adam Williams (left) and Mark Thomas (right) with Belper MP Pauline Latham

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Tesco is set to give members of the public their first glimpse of plans for the huge development site they own in Belper.

Representatives from Britain’s biggest retailer will unveil proposals during a meeting at Belper Town FC on Thursday, May 1.

The exhibition will be the first time plans have been opened for public scrutiny. Two community meetings have previously been held for invited guests only.

And anticipation was heightened for the event after Tesco’s property company Spenhill revealed that housing planned for the site would amount to around 100 properties.

Land to the north and south of Derwent Street would also be for “potentially retail and other uses” said a Tesco spokesman with a planning application expected to be submitted this Summer.

Adam Williams, Tesco Corporate Affairs Manager, said: “After it was decided not to progress a large supermarket scheme for the site, we have been working hard to come up with an alternative proposal that will see this part of Belper regenerated and revitalised.

“We think that a housing-led proposal would act as a catalyst for the whole of the site to be developed with a mix of different uses, and now we want to know what people in the area think of our new plans.”

The exhibition will be held from 2pm until 6pm. As well as a viewing a new masterplan for the site, residents will be able to discuss the proposals with members of Spenhill’s project team.

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.

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