SUPERMARKET giant Tesco is resurrecting plans to build a new store on the south east edge of Sheffield – eight months after the project was refused planning permission.
Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board rejected the development, off Oxclose Park Road North, Halfway, in March, because it involved land earmarked for new housing and would ‘undermine’ the supply of suitable sites for homes.
There was also concern about the impact of the new supermarket on the viability of Crystal Peaks as it is estimated the new Tesco could take millions of pounds worth of trade from the shopping centre.
Other shopping centres at Killamarsh, Eckington and Mosborough could also be threatened, opponents warn.
Tesco wants to open the new Halfway branch next to Morrisons and Asda is planning to open in the old Focus DIY store on Drakehouse retail park.
It would mean each of the big four supermarkets having a store within just a few square miles.
An assessment by Sheffield Council forecast the new Tesco and Asda branches would ‘divert’ £14.6 million of trade from Crystal Peaks, including £9.6m from its Sainsbury’s store.
On Tuesday, a public inquiry will be held at Sheffield Town Hall when Tesco will appeal against refusal of its original plans.
On Monday afternoon, Tesco’s agents, Sigma Planning Services, are also presenting a revised planning application for the same site, changing the siting of the store and removing a second link road to the neighbouring Deepwell Estate to placate residents who objected.
Sheffield Council planning officers have urged councillors to reject the revised application due to the loss of housing land, detrimental impact on viability of Crystal Peaks, plus insufficient public transport accessing the site.
Tesco is proposing to create a 8,663 sq metre store, which would have 507 car parking spaces and a petrol station, on rough grassland between the Morrisons store and rail line.
Some 61 letters of objection have been sent to Sheffield Council about the revised plans, plus 11 letters of support.
Opponents say the area is already ‘saturated with supermarkets’.
They also complained about traffic and the impact on Crystal Peaks.