SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has submitted plans for a new 40,000 sq ft store in Buxton.
The outline application for the supermarket, on the Station Road site currently occupied by Buxton Water, was lodged late last week.
The new store would be twice the size of Tesco’s existing store in Whaley Bridge. The proposal also includes a 50,000 sq ft mixed-use development that would also incorporate student accommodation.
“We are delighted that we can finally submit our plans that will help deliver more shopping choice to the people of Buxton,” said Matthew Magee, Tesco Corporate Affairs Manager.
“We have spent a number of months working on our proposals to ensure that we have the best possible scheme for the town.”
However the announcement at the end of 2010 that Tesco wanted to build a store, at Station Road, on the site of Nestle’s Buxton Water bottling plant, divided public opinion and led to the launch of a high-profile “Say No To Tesco” campaign.
Flags and banners have been evident on various retail premises throughout the town.
Those who are vehemently opposed to the move claim that Buxton does not need another supermarket and the arrival of a Tesco store would decimate the existing shops trading in the town centre.
Hundreds of people have already signed up to rival groups on social networking sites, two expressing support for a new supermarket and one opposing the development.
Tesco say the store would be similar in size to the town’s existing Morrisons supermarket.
The development could create up to 200 new jobs and provide more than 350 free car parking spaces. Mr Magee said: “We recognise the importance of creating strong links with the town centre.”
Landscaping is included in the scheme which the applicants say would create a bright and vibrant gateway into Buxton from the store.
“With a large number of free car parking spaces our customers can use our store and then walk into town centre shops,” said Mr Magee.
The supermarket plan includes a number of environmentally-friendly features such as naturally sourced timber for the frame and a design that channels natural light into the building to reduce the need for artificial light and heat.
“Through our consultation we have seen much emphasis placed on the environment within Buxton,” said Mr Magee.
“We felt that this gave us an opportunity to bring forward a store that was at the cutting edge of sustainable development.”
Tesco’s application for the Station Road site could take up to two weeks to be validated.
It will be at that point that the full details of the plans will be available for the public and interested parties to view online and at borough council offices.
It is expected that the major development will be before High Peak’s Development Control Committee for determination in December or early January.
Nestle are currently building a new state-of-the-art bottling plant at their new site at Waterswallows, situated on the outskirts of Buxton and installing a new pipeline through the town.
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