New plan for Tesco

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SUPERMARKET giant Tesco is to make a second attempt to build a store in a Sheffield suburb - after its first controversial plans were rejected by councillors.

New proposals for a site off Oxclose Park Close in Halfway have been submitted which the company says include a ‘series of improvements’ on the initial blueprints.

Tesco is continuing its appeal against the council’s refusal of its initial plans last February - but will pursue its revised proposals instead if they get the green light.

The company says the development will create 450 new jobs - but its proposals last year provoked widespread opposition from local residents who raised concerns about increased traffic, light pollution, noise and the impact on existing local businesses.

Councillors said the vacant land to the south of an Arnold Lavers site should be used for housing.

Tesco spokeswoman Deborah Hayeems said: “This new application has given us the chance to incorporate the feedback we have received in our consultation with the public and improve our plans.

“We feel that this is the right development for the area and are still very much committed to bringing a wider choice of shopping to Halfway.”

The tweaked proposals include a pledge to reposition the store and service yard further away from neighbouring housing, and to remove plans for a bus link to the site.

Tesco says it is in detailed discussions with a local bus operator to provide a service to areas including Westfield Estate and Mosborough Village that currently have limited public transport access to grocery shopping.

Tesco is also promising that half of the jobs created would go to long-term unemployed local residents. A company scheme offers a six week training course to help people who have been without a job for more than six months get back to work.

Miss Hayeems said: “We have been in talks with local politicians about the proposals, who suggested the idea that we bring our employment scheme to Halfway.

Residents from the surrounding area will be receiving information brochures on the new proposals in the coming days.