SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has revealed the results of a survey, which it claims shows two thirds of Sandiacre residents support its bid to build a store.
Tesco received 578 leaflets back from Sandiacre residents after sending out 4,200 leaflets to homes last autumn.
According to the results, almost twice as many respondents supported the plan to build the supermarket on land off Station Road as those who opposed it.
More than half thought the proposals were an improvement on the previous scheme submitted in 2009, which was turned down by Erewash Borough Council’s planning committee, and two thirds said they would use the store if it is built.
Regional corporate affairs manager for Tesco, Tony Fletcher, said: “We surveyed the whole of Sandiacre so that we could be sure we received an accurate representation of the views of the community as a whole.
“We received an overwhelming level of response and are pleased to find that most people broadly approve of our proposals.
“We took all the feedback we received into account before submitting our revised formal planning application and we now hope that the planning committee will support our proposals when they are considered later this year.”
But Rosalind Heydon from action group A Future for Sandiacre said: “We all know you can do anything with statistics – to ask the question, ‘will you use the store?’ doesn’t necessarily mean you support the application.
“The new application doesn’t make the reasons why the store isn’t appropriate for Sandiacre go away.”
Tesco did not ask respondents to state ‘yes’ or ‘no’ as to whether they supported the proposals and instead asked for comments.
The report read: “It is possible to make a judgement about levels of support based on answers to the questions that were asked and general comments. For example, if a respondent said they would use the new store, they have been classified as a supporter.”
Traffic issues topped the list of respondents’ concerns, despite the new application moving the car park entrance from busy Station Road to Mark Street.
A copy of the report on the consultation has been sent to the council’s planning department.