TESCO have vowed to move quickly to bring their plan for a new megastore in Scarborough to fruition.
After the planning application for the Dean Road development was narrowly granted after a tense six-hour meeting on Thursday evening, the company will waste little time in applying to the Government to permanently shut part of Trafalgar Street West, which runs through the development.
Although some obstacles remain for Tesco before they can start building work, including a mandatory three-month wait while the planning decision is subject to judicial review, the development could begin within six months.
It means that a huge complex, complete with a petrol station, 516-space car park and 9,500 square metre building, may open its doors by mid-2013.
Deborah Hayeems, Tesco’s regional corporate affairs manager, said yesterday: “We’re delighted to get the go-ahead to regenerate this under-utilised brownfield site with a better Tesco store and bring hundreds of new jobs for Scarborough.
“We’ll be keen to progress quickly and will need to address a couple of matters before we can start construction – relocation of the depot, highways works and discussions with the town about how best to phase our work to minimise any impact on seasonal visitors.”
She also said the decision to grant permission for the new store had safeguarded the jobs of 200 existing Tesco employees in Scarborough and would create a further 350 positions.
Ms Hayeems added: “We are grateful to everyone who took the time to comment on the plans to help us improve them and we look forward to working with the community to ensure many of the new jobs go to local long-term unemployed people.”
Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill yesterday welcomed the prospect of a new Tesco store, saying it would bring money, jobs and visitors to Scarborough.
He said: “I think we will see people from places like Whitby and Bridlington coming to use the store, and while they’re in Scarborough I think they’ll spend money in other shops and restaurants.
“I believe the net effect will be positive. There will be effects on other businesses but they’ll have to up their game to compete.”
Mr Goodwill also welcomed the prospect of cheaper fuel for Scarborough motorists.
He added: “We won’t have the situation where people here are paying through the nose for petrol and diesel compared to those in other parts of the country.”