SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has vowed to plough on with its huge Scarborough development after the plan received fresh impetus.
Bosses at the company were given a major lift after the Secretary of State ruled their planning application would not be called-in for examination.
Concerns had been raised over the size of the store, the fact it would lay outside the town centre and because it was a departure from the Local Plan.
However, the Secretary of State dismissed the worries, paving the way for Tesco chiefs to apply for the closure of Trafalgar Street West to accommodate the Dean Road store.
Matthew Magee, corporate affairs manager for Tesco, said: “We are pleased that the Secretary of State has informed the council that the application can be determined locally.
“We’re looking forward to creating new jobs and a better shopping experience in Scarborough.”
The new development will create 150 new jobs, along with the 200 existing members of staff, with many aimed at local long-term unemployed people.
Work on the new store could start as early as September.
After the Secretary of State’s decision, the application will now be determined by Scarborough Council, which can now issue a decision notice.
Pauline Elliott, Scarborough Council’s head of planning and regeneration, said: “The council is pleased that the planning application has not been called-in by the Secretary of State.
“Although we understand that the decision remains unsupported in some quarters, this communication from central government demonstrates that the council has acted correctly in following the proper planning procedures to reach the present stage.”
The controversial development was passed by just a single vote in December by Scarborough Council’s planning committee, but has been rocked by criticism.
Malcolm Short, chairman of the Scarborough Town Against Tesco Store group, said: “The councillors haven’t listened to local people.
“They didn’t even seem to know what they were voting for.”
It was first revealed in 2009 that Tesco had plans for a supermarket with a 50,000 metre sales floor, with rival Asda also saying it was interested in moving to the Scarborough area.
The pair took part in a major bidding battle in 2010, with Tesco coming out victorious after offering £20 million - £2.5 million more than Asda.
The new development would include a new petrol station for the town.