Tesco hears concerns over housing plan

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Tesco bosses heard the concerns of Belper residents over plans to sell a huge site owned by the firm in Belper during a public consultation.

Representatives from the giant retailer staged an exhibition at Belper Town Football Club this week showcasing their proposals for the Meadows Edge area.

Plans to build a megastore on the site were ditched by Tesco last year and they are now gearing-up to submit an application for more than 100 homes on the site as they look to sell off parcels of land to interested developers.

Hundreds of residents attended a five-hour exhibition at the Nailers on Thursday, May 1 where residents were able to grill Tesco chiefs and submit written comments to Spenhill - the company’s regeneration arm.

Among them was Tom Carter, aged 33. He said: “I was more in favour of the proposals for a Tesco. That would have been better for the town than banging all these houses up.

“I was expecting something more exciting.”

A planning application is expected to be submitted to Amber Valley Borough Council for the homes by the end of May.

Barrie Price, aged 48, who runs James Beresford & Sons on Bridge Street said: “The only concern I have is the access on to Bridge Street. If there are 100 homes, that’s a possible 200 cars. That road is already a car park in the mornings and evenings.”

Tony Howard- Jones, aged 65, added: “I think there’s been a complete failure to put a traffic infrastructure in for the project development, never mind the 20 or 30 years to follow.

“Without one, Bridge Street could be lost to the town forever.”

Mark Thomas, corporate affiars manager for Tesco promised that resident’s opinions would be taken into account before the company submits its plans.

He said: “We are taking views - that’s why we are consulting. We are interested in what people think.

“Where it’s possible we will include what people recommend to us.

“We have heard a wide range of views. People are really interested. There has been lots of discussion on the proposals locally and that really comes through in what people have said.”

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.