Tesco to submit new St Albans store plan

PUBLISHED: 12:39 15 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 06 May 2010

TESCO is to submit a new planning application next year following its failure to convince St Albans District Council that it should build a large store in the city. The supermarket giant confirmed today (Monday) that it will not be appealing against the

TESCO is to submit a new planning application next year following its failure to convince St Albans District Council that it should build a large store in the city.

The supermarket giant confirmed today (Monday) that it will not be appealing against the decision by the planning referrals committee in July to reject its proposals for a store and associated development on the former Evershed's site in London Road, St Albans.

But Tesco is working on initial proposals for a new scheme which is expected to be ready early in 2009.

Corporate affairs manager Nick Gellatly said: "We were naturally very disappointed with the decision to refuse our scheme earlier this year but have decided that appealing would not be the best option.

"We want to go back to the community to seek views on a new scheme as we are still committed to developing a store on the site.

"While there is some opposition to Tesco in St Albans, we know that there is a huge amount of support for a new supermarket close to the city centre and believe that there is still a need for a supermarket in this location."

The scheme attracted a huge amount of opposition with a pressure group, Stop Tesco, formed to fight it.

Mr Gellatley said that at a time of economic uncertainty, Tesco believed that its multi-million pound investment in St Albans would be a boost for the city in terms of new jobs, keeping shoppers from going elsewhere and acting as a catalyst for further investment.

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