Tesco planning to submit new proposals for Brighton Hill superstore

Basingstoke Gazette: Tesco to submit new superstore bid Tesco to submit new superstore bid

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has announced plans to submit a revised proposal to develop a site in Brighton Hill.

In July 2012, the company was refused permission to build a 63,000sq ft store on the former Smiths Industries site, on The Harrow Way.

An appeal against the rejection of the plans by Basingstoke and Deane borough councillors was also dismissed last year by the Government’s planning inspectorate following a seven-day planning inquiry held in February.

The appeal was dismissed by a Government planning inspector because of the impact on nearby shops at the Brighton Hill District Centre.

But this week, Tesco bosses have said they are again in discussions with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, and they have submitted preliminary plans to build a smaller store as well as up to 48 new homes.

The new proposals would create 200 new full and part-time jobs, which would be targeted at local people.

Many more jobs would also be created during the construction of the store and the new homes.

Jack Pearson, Tesco’s corporate affairs manager, said: “We are at the very early stages of the planning process and want to get feedback and suggestions from local members before we make a planning application.

“We believe that a smaller store, around two thirds the size of the one originally suggested, would still provide a great new shopping experience for local people.

“It would also allow us to regenerate the rest of the brownfield site by building up to 48 attractive new homes for the local community.”

Tesco is still planning to maintain its major investment to improve the local road network through a £5million package of measures, which were previously approved by Hampshire County Council.

The company has also confirmed that the smaller store would not include a pharmacy, post office, optician or travel agents, to avoid direct competition with existing local businesses.

Mr Pearson said: “These are emerging plans and we welcome input and ideas from the local community. We will be setting up meetings with interested parties and hosting a public exhibition of the proposals in the weeks ahead.”

Anthony Bravo, principal of Basingstoke College of Technology, in Worting Road, has welcomed news of the revamped proposal.

He said: “The jobs and career opportunities provided by this development will be extremely welcome in Basingstoke. I’m also delighted to see new housing included in the plans, which is sorely needed in the area.”

But Mark Buttress, who owns Jaybee’s Convenience Store, in Kings Furlong, is still unhappy about the plans, having campaigned tirelessly against the previous application.

He said: “I’m sick to death of Tesco. They are trying to bully boy their way back in. This proposal will affect all local businesses in the area. It’s a threat to Asda – how many supermarkets do we really need this side of town? We already have Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Lidl.

“We have gone through all this before, the council rejected it and the appeal was refused. Even if it’s been scaled back in size, it will still generate more traffic in the area, and no doubt they will want it to be 24 hours which isn’t ideal for local residents. They need to get the message that it’s not wanted.”

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11:39am Fri 11 Jul 14

JJ38JJ says...

I don't really care if they build it or not. I don't live nearby but the existing site is an eyesore. What strikes me is the spin that the developers put on these things. How is a smaller store going to be a better shopping experience exactly? But the best one is: "The new proposals would create 200 new full and part-time jobs, which would be targeted at local people. " How do you target jobs at local people?
The 'no campaigners' are just as illogical. "How many supermarkets do we need?" If it's not needed no one will use it and it will close. Impact on local shops and traffic - zero. At least the Tescos they hate will have wasted loads of money!
I don't really care if they build it or not. I don't live nearby but the existing site is an eyesore. What strikes me is the spin that the developers put on these things. How is a smaller store going to be a better shopping experience exactly? But the best one is: "The new proposals would create 200 new full and part-time jobs, which would be targeted at local people. " How do you target jobs at local people? The 'no campaigners' are just as illogical. "How many supermarkets do we need?" If it's not needed no one will use it and it will close. Impact on local shops and traffic - zero. At least the Tescos they hate will have wasted loads of money! JJ38JJ
  • Score: -4

12:44pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Rubberband Girl says...

Tesco was refused last time by the Government's planning inspector because it would have an adverse effect on local shops and would affect the vitality and viability of the Brighton Hill District shopping centre. A smaller store will still have the same effect. I'd be extremely disappointed if the council are in negotiations just because Tesco is waving a bit of money around and still promising these fictitious new jobs. The message was loud and clear last time and it'll be loud and clear this time if necessary.
Tesco was refused last time by the Government's planning inspector because it would have an adverse effect on local shops and would affect the vitality and viability of the Brighton Hill District shopping centre. A smaller store will still have the same effect. I'd be extremely disappointed if the council are in negotiations just because Tesco is waving a bit of money around and still promising these fictitious new jobs. The message was loud and clear last time and it'll be loud and clear this time if necessary. Rubberband Girl
  • Score: 13

1:17pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Buster Preciation says...

There are a finite number of people in Basingstoke each consuming a finite amount of food. How will opening another food retailer create jobs? People will just change where they shop and the retail jobs will move accordingly. The only jobs that need to be created and people that will need to be fed are the 48 families that will move in to the area to occupy the 48 new homes. Tescos say they will create 200 new jobs and 48 new homes. So for this to make sense on a housing or employment basis each new house will have 4 people living in it that will all work in Tescos or another local supermarket.
There are a finite number of people in Basingstoke each consuming a finite amount of food. How will opening another food retailer create jobs? People will just change where they shop and the retail jobs will move accordingly. The only jobs that need to be created and people that will need to be fed are the 48 families that will move in to the area to occupy the 48 new homes. Tescos say they will create 200 new jobs and 48 new homes. So for this to make sense on a housing or employment basis each new house will have 4 people living in it that will all work in Tescos or another local supermarket. Buster Preciation
  • Score: 8

3:38pm Fri 11 Jul 14

deepinsight says...

The population of Basingstoke is growing and is not finite.
The population of Basingstoke is growing and is not finite. deepinsight
  • Score: 3

4:41pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Pacifier says...

Great news from Tesco....I hope this time common sense wins and we have an alternative to Asda etc.
If Asda/Sainsburys cant stand the competition then start improving the service you offer.....all great news for us the consumers.
And some badly needed houses and jobs...excellent news
Great news from Tesco....I hope this time common sense wins and we have an alternative to Asda etc. If Asda/Sainsburys cant stand the competition then start improving the service you offer.....all great news for us the consumers. And some badly needed houses and jobs...excellent news Pacifier
  • Score: -3

8:59am Sat 12 Jul 14

stevenm353 says...

what a joke? another tescos why isn't there enough already,competition no putting local shops out of business yes.
what a joke? another tescos why isn't there enough already,competition no putting local shops out of business yes. stevenm353
  • Score: 2

2:16pm Sun 13 Jul 14

ajaysongs02 says...

I'd prefer Aldi.
I'd prefer Aldi. ajaysongs02
  • Score: 15

9:20pm Sun 13 Jul 14

jonone says...

Most of the opposition is probably benefit spongers frightened they might have to do a days work....
Most of the opposition is probably benefit spongers frightened they might have to do a days work.... jonone
  • Score: -12

11:02am Mon 14 Jul 14

jbee37 says...

Great news. Shame it's not one of their massive stores. Shopping will be even better when the new Waitrose arrives next year. The days of the 'local shop' are numbered anyway. they're okay in a little village or trendy urban areas but I don't think an estate agents, Chicken burger and Pizza place should stand in the way of progress.
Great news. Shame it's not one of their massive stores. Shopping will be even better when the new Waitrose arrives next year. The days of the 'local shop' are numbered anyway. they're okay in a little village or trendy urban areas but I don't think an estate agents, Chicken burger and Pizza place should stand in the way of progress. jbee37
  • Score: -5

11:37am Mon 14 Jul 14

Buster Preciation says...

deepinsight wrote:
The population of Basingstoke is growing and is not finite.
Er different things surely? Even things that grow are not infinite. But I take your point that my post was poorly worded. My point was that any developers' assertion that their development will create jobs doesn't create jobs for the local jobless but creates jobs that require more people to move in to the area. Any resulting rise in the local population gives them more ammunition to create more jobs ...... ad infinitum.
[quote][p][bold]deepinsight[/bold] wrote: The population of Basingstoke is growing and is not finite.[/p][/quote]Er different things surely? Even things that grow are not infinite. But I take your point that my post was poorly worded. My point was that any developers' assertion that their development will create jobs doesn't create jobs for the local jobless but creates jobs that require more people to move in to the area. Any resulting rise in the local population gives them more ammunition to create more jobs ...... ad infinitum. Buster Preciation
  • Score: 4

8:10pm Tue 15 Jul 14

BeatlesGuru says...

Tesco are an utterly diabolical disgraceful who does not care about safety or road safety, especially with the way that their plans would make Brighton Hill roundabout extremely dangerous.

Their poverty pay shows that they do not even care about their staff.

A diabolical callous company who does not deserve to stay in business. For all I care they shut down ALL their existing stores in Basingstoke and get out and stay out. I prefer Morrisons and Co-operative Food.
Tesco are an utterly diabolical disgraceful who does not care about safety or road safety, especially with the way that their plans would make Brighton Hill roundabout extremely dangerous. Their poverty pay shows that they do not even care about their staff. A diabolical callous company who does not deserve to stay in business. For all I care they shut down ALL their existing stores in Basingstoke and get out and stay out. I prefer Morrisons and Co-operative Food. BeatlesGuru
  • Score: 2

1:40am Wed 16 Jul 14

Pacifier says...

BeatlesGuru wrote:
Tesco are an utterly diabolical disgraceful who does not care about safety or road safety, especially with the way that their plans would make Brighton Hill roundabout extremely dangerous.

Their poverty pay shows that they do not even care about their staff.

A diabolical callous company who does not deserve to stay in business. For all I care they shut down ALL their existing stores in Basingstoke and get out and stay out. I prefer Morrisons and Co-operative Food.
Ha ha ha...this topic has obviously reached rock bottom with stupid inane comments like this one.....
[quote][p][bold]BeatlesGuru[/bold] wrote: Tesco are an utterly diabolical disgraceful who does not care about safety or road safety, especially with the way that their plans would make Brighton Hill roundabout extremely dangerous. Their poverty pay shows that they do not even care about their staff. A diabolical callous company who does not deserve to stay in business. For all I care they shut down ALL their existing stores in Basingstoke and get out and stay out. I prefer Morrisons and Co-operative Food.[/p][/quote]Ha ha ha...this topic has obviously reached rock bottom with stupid inane comments like this one..... Pacifier
  • Score: 0

8:11pm Wed 16 Jul 14

jonone says...

BeatlesGuru wrote:
Tesco are an utterly diabolical disgraceful who does not care about safety or road safety, especially with the way that their plans would make Brighton Hill roundabout extremely dangerous.

Their poverty pay shows that they do not even care about their staff.

A diabolical callous company who does not deserve to stay in business. For all I care they shut down ALL their existing stores in Basingstoke and get out and stay out. I prefer Morrisons and Co-operative Food.
So shop there then. It's called freedom - a concept many people are pretty ignorant of.
[quote][p][bold]BeatlesGuru[/bold] wrote: Tesco are an utterly diabolical disgraceful who does not care about safety or road safety, especially with the way that their plans would make Brighton Hill roundabout extremely dangerous. Their poverty pay shows that they do not even care about their staff. A diabolical callous company who does not deserve to stay in business. For all I care they shut down ALL their existing stores in Basingstoke and get out and stay out. I prefer Morrisons and Co-operative Food.[/p][/quote]So shop there then. It's called freedom - a concept many people are pretty ignorant of. jonone
  • Score: -1
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