Supermarket ‘has listened’ to Sheffield residents

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Supermarket giant Tesco says it ‘listened’ to residents’ feedback before submitting a third bid for a new store.

Campaigners are again opposing the proposals for the old Parkhead garage on Ecclesall Road South after two previous applications were rejected by planners.

Tesco said it wants to give the garage a ‘new lease of life’ and the proposed store, which is smaller than previously designed, would create around 20 jobs.

Spokesman Mark Thomas said: “We have listened carefully to the feedback the community and the council gave on our previous plans in designing these new proposals.

“We want to ensure the derelict garage is given a new lease of life through redevelopment and believe the store would benefit the local area by providing new shopping choice and creating around 20 jobs.

“The proposed new store is significantly smaller, enabling us to provide more parking spaces so that shoppers don’t park along Ecclesall Road.

“Deliveries would also now take place off Ecclesall Road and well into the site, preventing delivery vehicles from parking on Ecclesall Road and improving safety.

“We want to be a good neighbour to the local community and we hope the changes we have made to our plans demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that this is the case.”

Residents who fear the new store will create more traffic and have a detrimental effect on local businesses as well as the character of the area have met Sheffield Hallam MP Mr Clegg to discuss their concerns.