A public consultation over a crucial road closure which has stalled the construction of Scarborough’s new Tesco superstore has started.
The supermarket giant is hoping the Department of Transport will grant permission to partially close Trafalgar Street West so work can finally begin.
The Government will now consult residents, including campaigners who have opposed the multi-million pound Dean Road development, before a final decision is made.
Tesco spokeswoman Deborah Hayeems said: “We are very committed to this major investment in Scarborough so it is good to be on to the next stage of this lengthy process to redevelop the brownfield site on Dean Road and bring a new store to the town.
“The partial road closure affects about a third of Trafalgar Street West which will mean a reduction in through traffic for residents and we’ve made sure that resident parking is unaffected.”
Residents will have 28 days to comment on the proposals, which will see part of the street closed off and traffic re-routed onto adjoining main roads.
Opponents of the superstore, which was approved in December 2011, are hoping to challenge the closure in a bid to stop it from going ahead.
Malcolm Short, chairman of Scarborough Town Against Tesco Store, has said the pressure group will encourage people to object.
“If Tesco do not get permission to close the road, the reality is that the new store will not get built,” he said.
Ms Hayeems said the closure was explained in the transport assessment which was rigorously tested and agreed with North Yorkshire County Council during the planning process.
“When the Tesco application was considered it was made very clear that residents parking would remain and that no business would be directly affected on the length of road to be closed,” she added.
The draft stopping up order and plan can be viewed at Scarborough Library. Comments will need to be made to the National Transport Case Work Team in Newcastle.