The Government’s planning inspector has ruled that the proposed closure of Trafalgar Street West was legal.
Despite Tesco pulling out of the proposed store in Dean Road, which prompted the public inquiry into the closure, the inspector has ruled on the planning application, regardless of Tesco’s involvement.
It means that should another bidder come forward for the depot site they could, theoretically, close the road, pending a new planning application.
More than 6,000 people objected to the closure, which lead to October’s public inquiry.
Nick Edwards, Scarborough Council’s director of business said: “While of course the public inquiry on the road closure was specifically linked to Tesco’s original planning permission, the planning inspector has determined that the decision on the road closure would still apply to any alternative developments that might be presented to the council, provided the plans are on a similar basis to Tesco’s proposal.
“The decision will enable us to keep our options open and should help to stimulate further interest in the site. We will be meeting with the joint land owners, Assura, in the new year to plan how we can capitalise on any new enquiries that might come forward from alternative developers.”
Neil Price, chairman of Scarborough Town Against Tesco Store, said: “We are obviously disappointed at this outcome when more than 6,000 people objected to this, if Tesco had notified the Department of Transport it would have effectively stopped the process, but because they failed to do the application had to go its full course, however we do believe that this campaign effectively stopped Tesco building on that site, it is also worth bearing in mind that any future developer if they wish to close the road would still have to negotiate with BT to have all their cables moved from under the road, as this was not concluded.
“We will be watching very closely any future plans for the site.”