COUNCIL officers have recommended that councillors agree to the latest controversial plan for a supermarket in Sandiacre – as long as Tesco ploughs more than £650,000 into the area.
Tesco withdrew its last plan for an ‘eco store’ in Station Road at the eleventh hour, after officers recommended Erewash’s planning committee refuse to grant it permission in February 2010.
But the firm has returned with a proposal for councillors to vote on for a smaller store with fewer parking spaces and different access to the site.
Before it gets the thumbs-up, however, officers want Tesco to commit to paying £300,000 towards public transport in the area and £326,500 towards improvements to roads around the site and across Sandiacre and Stapeford.
They also want the supermarket giant to pay £10,000 towards CCTV in Sandiacre, and £10,000 for ‘public art’ on the site under section 106 agreements.
Councillors were due to vote on the proposal last night (Wednesday).
But despite the proposed cash injection, 280 residents have objected to the plan, as well as Nottinghamshire county, Broxtowe borough and Risley and Sandiacre parish councils – which all agree that the store will have a ‘negative impact’ on shops in both Sandiacre and Stapleford.
Rosalind Heydon, from action group A Future for Sandiacre Community, said: “The money doesn’t address the actual issue. The store is going to have a negative impact in Sandiacre and further afield, there’s no question.
“Something should be done with that site but this proposal in my view will not regenerate the area.
“I sincerely hope that the planning committee comes to the right decision. Sandiacre deserves a hell of a lot better.”
The floor space of the store will be 23 per cent smaller than the previous plan and car parking spaces have been reduced from 384 to 286.
And access to the site will now be from Mark Street, rather than creating a new access to the site in Station Road.
A spokesman from Tesco said: “At the moment the majority of residents who live in Sandiacre do not do their food shopping in the town. A new Tesco store will encourage people to shop locally and the two hours’ free parking provided will encourage them to visit other stores and businesses in Sandiacre.”
Go to www.ilkestonadvertiser.co.uk for the result from last night’s meeting.