Extra time to give store plan views

Artist's impression of Tesco store

Artist's impression of Tesco store

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A CONSULTATION period on plans for two separate supermarket developments in Scarborough has been extended to the end of next month.

A consultation period on plans for two separate supermarket developments in Scarborough has been extended to the end of next month.

Sketch of Scarborough's Sainsburys

Sketch of Scarborough's Sainsburys

Tesco and Assura Properties have submitted plans for a supermarket in Dean Road and Sainsbury’s has proposed an expansion of its Falsgrave store.

The extended consultation period will now allow the views of those people who attend an urban area forum meeting specifically about the Tesco plan – organised in conjunction with the urban space group – to be taken into consideration.

Pauline Elliott, Scarborough Council’s head of regeneration and planning, said: “Any written comments we receive before the consultation deadline will be included in the reports that will be considered by councillors when they come to take the decisions on the two supermarket planning applications in April.

“Residents can be assured that any additional views expressed after those reports have been written will be reported verbally at that meeting.

“The two supermarket applications will be considered on their planning merits – it’s important that people realise this is not about brand preference.

“Genuine concerns on planning issues such as traffic, impact on neighbours, noise, design and protection of the listed buildings will be considered in detail before a recommendation to refuse or approve is made to the councillors on the planning committee, who will make the final decision.”

The urban area forum meeting is due to take place on Wednesday, February 16, at Scarborough Library and Information Centre in Vernon Road, with Tesco looking to again outline its plans.

Details of the event are still to be finalised, but it is likely there will be question and answer sessions with Tesco representatives and an exhibition of plans for people to look at in detail.

Plans, for both the Tesco and Assura Dean Road site and the Sainsbury’s proposed expansion of its Falsgrave supermarket, are available to view at www.scarborough.gov.uk – click on the planning icon on the right hand side of the home page.

Comments can be submitted on each of the applications.

Alternatively, the supermarket plans can be viewed in the civic reception area at the Town Hall in Scarborough, where there are also full details on how people can comment on the proposals.

Last week concerns were raised about the Tesco plan because people were worried that it would involve the demolition of Grade II Listed Victorian prison buildings on the site.

But the supermarket giant has reassured residents that the proposed development will preserve the historic prison and gatehouse.

A spokesman said that the buildings would not be touched as part of the development. He added: “We have worked hard to make sure that we enhance the setting of these magnificent buildings through high quality architecture and landscaping to give them the setting that they deserve.”

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