CLAIMS that the new Stanton development will include a ‘monster’ supermarket have been dismissed by the site owners St Gobain.
Leader of the Erewash Labour group, Cllr Howard Griffiths said in his blog this week: “I have recently learned that the proposals at the Stanton site now include a supermarket.
“What started off as a few thousand houses, which we don’t need, and some small retail units, has now expanded into a retail monster to attract Ilkeston, Sandiacre and Stapleford people to Stanton.”
But when the Advertiser put the comments to St Gobain they denied the original plans have changed.
A spokesman for the company said: “The proposal has always included a small supermarket within the neighbourhood centre along with local shops and other facilities. This remains the case.
“We are not currently in discussion with specific operators and a planning application is not expected to have a specific supermarket operator attached.”
However Cllr Griffiths said he still had concerns despite the firm’s assurances.
“The site is going to be extremely expensive to renovate and I fear that retail contributions will be the only way to fund it in a profitable way,” he added.
“We really don’t need any more competition for the already struggling Bath Street.”