Thousands fight proposed store

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A CAMPAIGN against a proposed new supermarket in Sheffield has gathered pace after a petition collected more than 2,000 signatures from concerned residents.

People are protesting against the redevelopment of the old Parkhead garage as a Tesco Express.

A previous application from the supermarket firm was turned down, but the company has now submitted a revised scheme.

Consultants for Tesco say all the previous objections have been met, but residents have made representations about the safety of pedestrians and the volume of traffic in the area if the project goes ahead.

As well as the petition, nearly 130 letters of objection have been sent to Sheffield Council.

Allan Baggaley, who lives on Parkhead Court, off Ecclesall Road South, said the design ‘constitutes an over-development’ and that nearby householders would lose their privacy.

He claimed the size of the proposed supermarket has been increased and that the store will encroach on neighbouring properties.

Eight parking spaces are provided in the new plan, compared with 11 on the refused scheme, Mr Baggaley added.

He said: “The traffic report accompanying the application admits to an average usage of one car every three minutes. Cars do not come at regular intervals and there could be four or five cars arriving and leaving.

“The result will be shoppers and vans parking on both sides of Ecclesall Road South with possibly serious consequences.”

Mr Baggaley’s neighbour John Cobbing has also submitted a letter of opposition. He said customers are likely to use a service layby included in the design for parking.

Nick Longworth, a convenience store and post office manager who is heading the campaign, said his customers had shown ‘overwhelming support’.

He said: “We have a collective petition of objections of more than 2,000, from Parkhead, Silverhill, Bents Green and Dore.

“We have also seen nearly 130 strong letters of objection to the proposal being posted on the Sheffield Council planning application.”

Tesco’s consultants have said that pre-application discussions were held with planning and highways officers at the council over a ‘significant period of time’.

The consultants also said the supermarket has been ‘sensitively designed’ and could add to the ‘vitality and viability’ of the Parkhead shopping area.

Proposals are due to go before the council’s planning and highways committee next month.