Boost for planned Tesco superstore in Romsey

An artist’s impression of the proposed Tesco store on the edge of Romsey

An artist’s impression of the proposed Tesco store on the edge of Romsey

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TESCO’S controversial plans for an edge-of-town store in Hampshire have received a major boost.

A study commissioned by the council said the proposals to build a 35,000 sq ft store on the Broadlands Estate would have no significant impact on the town centre.

The report carried out by counsultants Nathaniel Litchfield and Partners (NLP) also concluded there was no preferable site closer to the town centre.

It states the main impact of Tesco would be felt by Waitrose, Aldi and Co-op stores, but there was no evidence to suggest any of these stores will close, due to healthy trading levels.

Overall, Tesco would have “a moderate adverse impact” on the town centre, it says, but this would be outweighed by an increase in competition, consumer choice, and a clawback of expenditure leakage to stores outside the town.

Tesco spokesman Simon Petar, said: “Our store will be a real shot in the arm to the local economy, creating hundreds of new jobs and bringing more business into the town centre.”

“We selected Bypass Road as the most appropriate location for the new store after carefully reviewing many other potential sites in and around the town centre, “After carrying out a similar independent exercise for the council, NLP has arrived at the same conclusion, that there is no better location.”

Meanwhile, council bosses have reported that the scheme in Romsey does not breach their planning policy, although they have still to examine design and highways issues.

Vice chairman of Romsey Exra Parish Council, Christopher Wesson criticised the proposed delivery hours of the store – from 5am on weekdays and 8am to 11pm on Sundays.

“The traffic noise pollution at those times will be a gross intrusion to anyone whose home is on the bypass or any other route to the proposed store,” he said.

“If the proposal does go ahead, I wonder how long it would be before Tesco apply for 24-hour opening.”

David Willox, joint president of Romsey Chamber of Commerce, said: “The report is actually a review of another report produced by planning consultants retained by Tesco.

“It is not a study of how one could best develop Romsey for the benefit of the community as a whole.”

TVBC have yet to give a date when the Tesco application, submitted in September, will come before the planning committee.

One of the hold-ups is believed to be in the highways report, which is looking at an alternative town centre traffic survey conducted by Romsey and District Society, which had disputed the figures supplied by Tesco.

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12:22pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Cerdicjute says...

Horsemeat for the masses!
Horsemeat for the masses! Cerdicjute
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2:09pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Lone Ranger. says...

Wonder if Bradbeers will follow through with their threat to pull out of Romsey.
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Somehow i doubt it .......... What other town could you sell average products for such high prices
Wonder if Bradbeers will follow through with their threat to pull out of Romsey. . Somehow i doubt it .......... What other town could you sell average products for such high prices Lone Ranger.
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2:35pm Fri 8 Feb 13

hulla baloo says...

If the company commissioned (by the council and paid for by who? ) to do the research/survey are proven to be wrong, can they be sued at a later date?
If the company commissioned (by the council and paid for by who? ) to do the research/survey are proven to be wrong, can they be sued at a later date? hulla baloo
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2:39pm Fri 8 Feb 13

mickey01 says...

hulla baloo wrote:
If the company commissioned (by the council and paid for by who? ) to do the research/survey are proven to be wrong, can they be sued at a later date?
does the same apply to the itchen bridge tolls
[quote][p][bold]hulla baloo[/bold] wrote: If the company commissioned (by the council and paid for by who? ) to do the research/survey are proven to be wrong, can they be sued at a later date?[/p][/quote]does the same apply to the itchen bridge tolls mickey01
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2:40pm Fri 8 Feb 13

mickey01 says...

Cerdicjute wrote:
Horsemeat for the masses!
you dont mince your words
[quote][p][bold]Cerdicjute[/bold] wrote: Horsemeat for the masses![/p][/quote]you dont mince your words mickey01
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2:42pm Fri 8 Feb 13

mickey01 says...

does any of these councils have the bo***cks to stand up to these firms ?
does any of these councils have the bo***cks to stand up to these firms ? mickey01
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5:13pm Fri 8 Feb 13

IronLady2010 says...

I'm surprised Tesco have any customers. Yesterday I went for a small shop and spent just over £50, came home and did the price guarantee check and saved myself almost £10 compared to Tesco. Infact Tesco were the most expensive out of Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose.
I'm surprised Tesco have any customers. Yesterday I went for a small shop and spent just over £50, came home and did the price guarantee check and saved myself almost £10 compared to Tesco. Infact Tesco were the most expensive out of Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose. IronLady2010
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5:52pm Fri 8 Feb 13

mickey01 says...

tesco are s**t to buy from and s**T to work for but they have the polish community to rely on as they have had in their warehouse , dont think for a minute they will look to the locals for employment and it makes me sick
tesco are s**t to buy from and s**T to work for but they have the polish community to rely on as they have had in their warehouse , dont think for a minute they will look to the locals for employment and it makes me sick mickey01
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3:54pm Mon 4 Mar 13

Donnyb says...

Cerdicjute wrote:
Horsemeat for the masses!
So many towns centres have been decimated by outside large corporate companies. Romsey has a broad range of shops and services catering for all pockets. So, will the council step in a reinstate all the small shops that go to the wall when NLP eventually realise they got it wrong - I doubt it.
[quote][p][bold]Cerdicjute[/bold] wrote: Horsemeat for the masses![/p][/quote]So many towns centres have been decimated by outside large corporate companies. Romsey has a broad range of shops and services catering for all pockets. So, will the council step in a reinstate all the small shops that go to the wall when NLP eventually realise they got it wrong - I doubt it. Donnyb
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