Approval given: debate continues

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THE fall-out over the controversial decision to grant Tesco planning permission for a Dean Road superstore continued yesterday.

Many welcomed the prospect of the huge new shop and the regeneration it will bring, while others raised concerns over the impact on other traders in the town.

Tom Fox, Scarborough Council’s leader, said that while the decision to grant the Tesco plans had been a difficult one, he believed the planning committee had come to the right conclusion.

He added: “This has gone on for a long time and there was a lot of deliberation, but I’m pleased with the result.

“I understand there are high emotions, but I think time will show it was the right thing to do. It will bring new jobs to Scarborough and I believe it will open up the town further.”

Ian Proudfoot, joint-managing director of the Proudfoot Group, which has three supermarkets in Scarborough, had concerns that both the Tesco and Sainsbury’s applications had been passed.

He said: “We had suggested that they allow one store to pass or knock a little bit of size off each, but I’m not jumping off Valley Bridge.

“It will be a tough market - people’s disposable income is probably not going to grow over the next few years, but Scarborough is going to get some great new retail resources. I just hope that the town will be able to maintain its vitality.

“These are not average size stores, and it’s going to be marginal as to whether Scarborough can handle the increase in retail space, but we welcome our friends at Tesco and Sainsbury’s.

“We welcome their competition and will keep on improving our company to compete and satisfy our customers.”

Existing businesses in and around Dean Road have also given their thoughts on the development.

Linda Scarborough, owner of Kay’s Café, said: “It will improve the area and offer more products to local businesses.”

Sadie Rees, owner of Lantena’s Boutique, added: “The plans are a big positive and will add life to Dean Road by generating a lot more passing trade. People will come and use local shops.”

Catherine Brunton, owner of Playzone child’s play area in Columbus Ravine, has mixed feelings about the new store.

She said: “I am worried about the effect of the roadworks, but if we can survive the building period I think it will be good for us.

“I have been in touch with Tesco and I’d rather be working with them than against them. I think we can offer services to their customers and we’re planning on setting up a shop and drop facility.”

As well as the building of the store, traffic lights will be installed in the junction of Dean Road and Columbus Ravine and some parking spaces will be removed.

Tesco have said they will offer guest houses replacement parking within their 516-space car park.