Tesco drops plans for new superstore near Romsey

Plans for new superstore scrapped

Plans for new superstore scrapped

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Supermarket giant Tesco has scrapped plans for a new superstore in Hampshire, it has been revealed.

The scheme on the Broadlands Estate, home of Lord and Lady Brabourne, was one of the most controversial planning battles in the county.

For the last two years it has sparked a storm of protest from the public and town centre traders and scores of “Say no to Tesco” posters appeared in windows.

Tesco claimed that surveys showed Romsey needed a second large supermarket, as almost half of shoppers in the town did their food shopping elsewhere.

However, Tesco regional corporate affairs manager Jack Pearson said: “As we announced earlier this year we are building fewer large stores. Customers are increasingly shopping online and in convenience stores and we have reconsidered our proposal in the light of these changing habits.

“We know this will be disappointing news for the many people in Romsey who have supported our plans.

“We will continue to serve our customers in Romsey through our home delivery service and from our other local stores.”

He said that Tesco had no plans for a convenience store in the Romsey area and he could not put a figure on the cost of the abortive planning process.

Last April Tesco announced that it was to ditch plans to open more than 100 major new stores, but at the time it said it would continue with its Romsey plan, which it claimed would create 200 jobs.

However, last month the company announced its worst sales results in more than two decades, down by 3.8 per cent, which saw its market share fall from 30.3 per cent in 2013 to 28.9 per cent and the chain’s chief executive Philip Clarke announced he would step down in October.

Colin Burgess, chairman of the Say No to Tesco campaign, said: “It’s taken Tesco nearly three years to come round to our point of view.

“I think there are some executives who are trying to save their skins before they are called to account for a wrong decision when their new CEO arrives.”

The decision comes as a blow to Broadlands who would have made millions from leasing the 6.5-acre site, known as the Fairground Field, to Tesco.

Estate manager Richard Jordan Baker said: “This news obviously comes as a great disappointment after so much hard work.

“However, we must accept and respect Tesco’s decision. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people in Romsey who have lent their support to this project. All the letters, emails and logs from telephone conversations of support we have received will be archived for posterity. Broadlands will now take stock and consider the way forward.’”

He added that the estate was pursuing other projects, including an 80-acre solar farm. It was believed the application had stalled because of a row over traffic levels with roads chiefs.

Romsey and District Society also disputed Tesco’s traffic figures and conducted their own survey which they claimed showed that the supermarket had underestimated the levels of congestion a store on the bypass would cause.

President of Romsey Chamber of Trade, Peter Speirs, said “This is good news for the small traders in the town. However, I understand that some people who wanted another supermarket won’t be so happy. The chamber have always said that Romsey needs another small or medium-sized supermarket but it must be within the boundary of the town.”

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11:50am Fri 22 Aug 14

Ozmosis says...

Glad this isn't regarding the Tesco on Fratton Park!
Glad this isn't regarding the Tesco on Fratton Park! Ozmosis
  • Score: -4

1:43pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Rhombus says...

What happened to the plans to upgrade the Millbrook store?
What happened to the plans to upgrade the Millbrook store? Rhombus
  • Score: 3

3:06pm Fri 22 Aug 14

ROYBLACK48 says...

After a very long time, Tesco has withdrawn their application for a
Supermarket on the Romsey Bypass! Well I am so pleased about
the inevitable conclusion, as it was always the very wrong place to have a Store, with unbearable traffic issues. Good news for dear old
Romsey and the Faithfull.
After a very long time, Tesco has withdrawn their application for a Supermarket on the Romsey Bypass! Well I am so pleased about the inevitable conclusion, as it was always the very wrong place to have a Store, with unbearable traffic issues. Good news for dear old Romsey and the Faithfull. ROYBLACK48
  • Score: 9

3:45pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Lone Ranger. says...

ROYBLACK48 wrote:
After a very long time, Tesco has withdrawn their application for a
Supermarket on the Romsey Bypass! Well I am so pleased about
the inevitable conclusion, as it was always the very wrong place to have a Store, with unbearable traffic issues. Good news for dear old
Romsey and the Faithfull.
As pointed out before ...... the traffic issues would have been no greater than those already caused by Waitrose .....
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I would suggest that Bradbeers has a lot of clout in Romsey .......
[quote][p][bold]ROYBLACK48[/bold] wrote: After a very long time, Tesco has withdrawn their application for a Supermarket on the Romsey Bypass! Well I am so pleased about the inevitable conclusion, as it was always the very wrong place to have a Store, with unbearable traffic issues. Good news for dear old Romsey and the Faithfull.[/p][/quote]As pointed out before ...... the traffic issues would have been no greater than those already caused by Waitrose ..... . I would suggest that Bradbeers has a lot of clout in Romsey ....... Lone Ranger.
  • Score: -7

4:58pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Redondo Saint says...

Probably the correct decision but Colin Burgess needs to show a bit of class and shut up. Tesco have withdrawn their plans and no need to slag the company.
Probably the correct decision but Colin Burgess needs to show a bit of class and shut up. Tesco have withdrawn their plans and no need to slag the company. Redondo Saint
  • Score: -3

5:12pm Fri 22 Aug 14

ryan_gazzan@hotmail.com says...

Pity they don't close a store or two her on the Waterside where we have 5 within a few miles of each other. Luckily there are other choices.
Pity they don't close a store or two her on the Waterside where we have 5 within a few miles of each other. Luckily there are other choices. ryan_gazzan@hotmail.com
  • Score: 2

5:37pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Danae says...

This always was a certain-to-fail futile proposal on designated land in the Countryside.

Why do people waste a lot of time and money on kite flying of this kind?
This always was a certain-to-fail futile proposal on designated land in the Countryside. Why do people waste a lot of time and money on kite flying of this kind? Danae
  • Score: 2

6:12pm Fri 22 Aug 14

CHIMPANZEE says...

Go away tesco. Leave our green belt alone. Keep our jungle clean
Go away tesco. Leave our green belt alone. Keep our jungle clean CHIMPANZEE
  • Score: 1

8:04pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Stubs says...

Rhombus wrote:
What happened to the plans to upgrade the Millbrook store?
No plans as they thought it was good enough for all those Millbrook chavs.
[quote][p][bold]Rhombus[/bold] wrote: What happened to the plans to upgrade the Millbrook store?[/p][/quote]No plans as they thought it was good enough for all those Millbrook chavs. Stubs
  • Score: -1

10:23pm Fri 22 Aug 14

LaurenAmyMac says...

Stubs wrote:
Rhombus wrote:
What happened to the plans to upgrade the Millbrook store?
No plans as they thought it was good enough for all those Millbrook chavs.
Wow!

Having lived in both Millbrook and Romsey, I can honestly say, I have met nicer people in Millbrook.

Like many other area's (including Romsey) there are some unsavoury characters in Millbrook yes......But unfortunately its people like you, that in fact give certain area's a bad name.

I've been offended by rude, snobby and inconsiderate people more times than I can count in your lovely area, far more times than I have in the 'Chavy' Millbrook.

I for one think Romsey need's updating, new shops etc, but that's my personal opinion, and I don't care if people agree that's why its an opinion not a fact.

But to say somethign is to good for a certain area due to chav's makes you look like an uneducated, stereotyping fool.
[quote][p][bold]Stubs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rhombus[/bold] wrote: What happened to the plans to upgrade the Millbrook store?[/p][/quote]No plans as they thought it was good enough for all those Millbrook chavs.[/p][/quote]Wow! Having lived in both Millbrook and Romsey, I can honestly say, I have met nicer people in Millbrook. Like many other area's (including Romsey) there are some unsavoury characters in Millbrook yes......But unfortunately its people like you, that in fact give certain area's a bad name. I've been offended by rude, snobby and inconsiderate people more times than I can count in your lovely area, far more times than I have in the 'Chavy' Millbrook. I for one think Romsey need's updating, new shops etc, but that's my personal opinion, and I don't care if people agree that's why its an opinion not a fact. But to say somethign is to good for a certain area due to chav's makes you look like an uneducated, stereotyping fool. LaurenAmyMac
  • Score: 2

10:55pm Fri 22 Aug 14

bitterne boy says...

Thank god for that!!Last thing Romsey needs is a commoners supermarket on their doorstep,attracting the "Jeremy Kyle" brigade to the area and pushing down house prices!
Thank god for that!!Last thing Romsey needs is a commoners supermarket on their doorstep,attracting the "Jeremy Kyle" brigade to the area and pushing down house prices! bitterne boy
  • Score: -8

11:03pm Fri 22 Aug 14

knowallpeter says...

A sad day for the future of a dying town.
A sad day for the future of a dying town. knowallpeter
  • Score: 0

11:40am Tue 26 Aug 14

jaydee80 says...

It'll happen one day. Just not this time. It was the the wrong time for the right proposals. Contrary to what the "say no brigade" would have you think, they were not responsible for Tesco withdrawing their plans for a Romsey store. Tesco were.
It'll happen one day. Just not this time. It was the the wrong time for the right proposals. Contrary to what the "say no brigade" would have you think, they were not responsible for Tesco withdrawing their plans for a Romsey store. Tesco were. jaydee80
  • Score: 2
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