Public urged to attend Tesco consultation

12th January, Possible tesco site? old showground near morrisons, Belper
12th January, Possible tesco site? old showground near morrisons, Belper

Plans to build more than 100 houses on land owned by Tesco in Belper are just weeks from being submitted, it has been revealed.

Britain’s biggest retailer is holding a public consultation over the Meadows Edge site this week and is urging as many people as possible to have their say.

The talks come as corporate affairs manager for Tesco, Adam Williams, said in a statement this week that the company was hoping to submit a first planning application for housing by the end of May.

Various other retail and non-retail developments are being planned for parts of the 30-acre site. Tesco ditched a plan to build an 80,000 square foot megastore on the site in May last year following years of uncertainty over the development.

Mr Williams said: “Following the recent community meetings that Tesco has attended, new proposals for the land off Derwent Street in Belper have been developed.

“The proposals are being brought forward by Spenhill, the wholly owned subsidiary of Tesco that delivers residential and mixed-use developments across the UK.

“We are holding a public exhibition on May 1 from 2pm until 6pm at Belper Town Football Club at which people in the town will be able to view and discuss our plans.

“Members of our project team will be on hand to discuss a new masterplan, which includes around 100 new homes and a mixed use area of retail and other potential uses.

“We are also holding a stakeholder preview session on Wednesday, April 30, from 5pm until 7pm at the same venue, to which you are invited.

“Following the public consultation, we aim to submit an outline planning application for the housing part of the scheme by the end of May.

“Thank you for your input so far as we look to deliver a proposal that regenerates this important site in Belper and meets the aspirations of the local community. I hope to see you on the April 30.”

An extra hour has been added to the consultation to allow people to attend after work. The exhibition will now be held from 2pm until the extended time of 7pm, Thursday, May 1, at Belper Town FC. As well as viewing a new masterplan for the site, residents will be able to discuss proposals with Tesco property representatives.

Mrs Latham, MP for Mid-Derbyshire said:“I am pleased that Tesco have given local people the opportunity to view the plans for the site, and that they are evidently interested in residents’ opinions. I would highly recommend that Belper residents take a look at the plans on 1st May and get involved with the consultation process.”