Have your say on supermarket bids

PEOPLE are invited to register to speak at a public meeting on revised plans which could change the face of shopping in Scarborough.

Tesco has submitted a planning application to Scarborough Council for a new supermarket in Dean Road, while Sainsbury’s hopes to extend its existing store in Falsgrave Road.

The council’s planning and development committee will consider both bids at the meeting at Westborough Methodist Church from 1pm on Thursday December 8.

Two people can speak to the committee in relation to any one planning application. One speaker can represent the applicant another speaker can represent the objector(s).

Registered speakers will be able to speak at the meeting, while other attendees will only be able to observe, in accordance with the council’s Constitution.

In addition the ward councillors for the area in which the application is located may also speak.

To register to speak at the meeting contact the council’s planning services public speaking officer on (1723) 232323.

Scarborough Council’s head of regeneration and planning, Pauline Elliott, said: “All the additional information we have received, including the amended plans and comments from highways and our retail consultant as well as views from members of the public will be taken into account when members of the planning and development committee meet next month.

“We appreciate it’s taken a long time to get to this point, but these are very significant applications and it is important that members have all the information they need when making their decision.”

All the revised application documents and drawings can be viewed on the council’s public access website under their respective planning application reference numbers: Sainsbury’s – 10/02538/FL and Tesco – 11/00019/FL

Deborah Hayeems, regional corporate affairs manager for Tesco, said: “We’ve heard from many of our customers that they are very keen for a better Tesco store in Scarborough.

“We’ve been working hard to further improve the plans on the back of feedback from our consultation activity and we are proud of the proposals being considered by the council.

“We are hopeful that the planning committee will support the development and all the benefits that it will bring including around 350 new jobs with up to half ring-fenced for long term unemployed people, keeping people in the town to do their main food shopping and the regeneration of this key site.”