Council chiefs are next week set to agree an order to force the sale of land required for a major £42m redevelopment scheme.
Tesco withdrew its plans for a supermarket at Fox Valley, Stocksbridge, in January.
A report to Sheffield Council’s cabinet says Tesco has not come forward with alternative plans and it was likely it would hoard off the land and ‘keep it vacant’. Despite negotiations, terms to sell the land terms have not been agreed and officers believe there is ‘no alternative’ but to seek a compulsory purchase order. Developer Dransfield Properties has come up with an alternative scheme for the unit involving Aldi.
The report said a compulsory purchase order needed to be secured in a ‘ a timely manner to start construction and deliver the supermarket to Aldi.”