Councillors set to reject plans for Tesco superstore

proposals for a Tesco 'Eco' store off Oxclose Park Road, Halfway.
proposals for a Tesco 'Eco' store off Oxclose Park Road, Halfway.
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residents look to have won their battle to block plans for a large Tesco superstore in south east Sheffield.

For nearly a year the supermarket giant has tried to persuade residents and councillors a new store and petrol station off Oxclose Park Road, Halfway, would benefit the community.

Tesco representatives have organised public meetings and exhibitions highlighting positive aspects of a store.

They have emphasised the 450 jobs the store would generate and environmental features making it an ‘eco store’.

Sheffield Council’s planning officers have advised councillors to refuse permission when the city centre, south and east planning committee meets today.

They dismissed most concerns raised by residents, insisting the scheme is satisfactory in terms of traffic, noise and the impact on retail.

But they said the plans should not go ahead because the site is needed for housing.

Their report said: “It would be more beneficial to use the land for residential purposes as this would be in line with current adjacent development and would satisfy the demand for housing in the area.”

Members of the Mosborough community had formed a Stop Tesco Group, which organised a 785-strong petition.

The council has also received 157 letters from residents complaining about the potential traffic, noise and pollution as well as design and environmental issues. Rival supermarkets have objected to possible effects on trade.

Seventeen residents wrote in supporting the plans – mainly to welcome jobs and increased competition.