by Paul Geater
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
RETAIL giant Tesco hopes to start work on its long-awaited store in Grafton Way early next year.
The final piece of information the borough had asked for before the planning application is considered is now being sorted out – and should arrive at Grafton House before Christmas.
That should allow the council’s planning committee to consider the amended application at its meeting in January.
And the company says it hopes that will allow work to start on the site within a few weeks.
It has said in the past that it hopes the new supermarket – which would be smaller than the superstore originally proposed – could be open in time for Christmas next year.
A spokesman for the company said: “We continue to work with the planning authorities to obtain approval for some minor changes to our plans, and we hope to receive confirmation early in the New Year.
“Preparatory work on the site, including the demolition of the former B&Q warehouse, has now been underway for six weeks and will continue during the coming winter to make the site ready for construction.”
As well as a new Tesco supermarket, the site would also include two hotels, town houses, and smaller shop units.
The amended application was submitted to the borough in August and followed a controversial application for a more intensive development on the site which was approved by the former administration at the borough in 2010.
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