‘D Day’ next week for stores’ plans

Sketch of Scarborough's Sainsburys
Sketch of Scarborough's Sainsburys

NEXT THURSDAY is crunch time for two separate supermarket developments in Scarborough which are set to be discussed at the same planning meeting.

Members of Scarborough Council’s Planning Committee are due to consider planning applications, from both Sainsbury’s and Tesco, at Westborough Methodist Church Hall.

Tesco visual of Scarborough site

Tesco visual of Scarborough site

Bosses at Sainbury’s are hoping to extend the store in Falsgrave Road while Tesco is hoping to redevelop the current council depot and former St Mary’s Hospital in Dean Road as a new supermarket to replace its existing Westwood supermarket.

Planning officers have recommended that both plans be granted approval subject to a number of conditions.

Jill Low, the council’s planning manager, says in a report: “As Members will be aware two planning applications involving significant retail development in Scarborough are currently before the Local Planning Authority.

“As was the case in Whitby last year, it has been decided that the best way to assess these two applications is to deal with them in one report.

“This is particularly important in terms of the retail planning matters involved and allows the impacts of the two applications, one for a large new store – in part replacing an existing store in the town – and the other for a sizeable extension, to be considered together.”

The Sainsbury’s application proposes building an extension and alterations to the existing Falsgrave Road store – as well as changes to access, car parking and service yard and landscaping – as well as the creation of a new staff car park which would be accessed from Roscoe Street.

While the Sainsbury’s plan was generally supported by local residents, the Tesco application gathered some opposition with a petition, organised by the Scarborough Town Against Tesco Store group, being handed in at 10 Downing Street.

The application is for a new superstore, together with car parking, a petrol filling station, landscaping and associated works.

It also proposes the change of use of the former prison complex – which currently comprises part of the council’s depot for a range of alternative uses.

The site involves two parcels of land to the south of Dean Road and the total site area covers 2.6 hectares – or 6.42 acres. One area includes the former site of St Mary’s Hospital and the other includes the former gaol and gatehouse, which are Grade II listed buildings. Mrs Low says: “The listed gaol building would be retained but most of its peripheral buildings would be demolished.”