Tesco labels site plan ‘unsound’

Tesco’s agents have urged councillors not to approve a masterplan for a site it wants to develop in Belper.

DPP, acting on behalf of the retail giant, said they cannot progress with negotiations for a megastore off Derwent Street until council officers changed the restrictions.

The company claimed the authority had come up with a an extra set of planning rules that are “wholly unnecessary” for the area.

They went on to call the guidelines “unsound” and “ not justified”.

However, officers at the council said they do not accept Tesco’s comments and have asked the planning committee to approve their recommendations.

The document will be debated by Amber Valley Borough councillors at a meeting on Monday, December 17.

A report to the council said: “With regard to retail, there is inevitably a polarisation of views. Most in the community would like to see more restriction, particularly on convenience (food) retail development.”

However, DPP said in its statement to the council: “Development must be deliverable in the marketplace and appropriate in planning terms.

“It must be viable if it is to deliver the much needed jobs, investment and physical improvement in the streetscene of this key site in the World Heritage Site.”

Tesco has been planning a store inBelper since 2006.