Brixham Tesco developers are 'confident application will be well received'
A PLANNING application has officially been filed with Torbay Council for a Tesco store and new town houses for Brixham's central car park.
Developers Albourne Property are hoping to start work on the £20million mixed use development next spring if Torbay planners give the go-ahead.
The scheme would see a multi-level car park with 340 spaces, 32,000 sq ft supermarket and retail space, small unit shops, 11 town houses, three flats, a Shopmobility unit and public space.
The newly-submitted plans (pictured) are the same as those shown during a three-day public exhibition in the Town Hall.
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Albourne said its plans aimed to attract local shoppers back into Brixham to do their weekly food shop and provide 'vital modern parking facilities for all town centre businesses'.
Richard Batham-Read, development director with Albourne, said the development would 'increase the vitality and prosperity of the town'.
He said: "The scheme benefits are significant both in terms of planning policy and economic impact.
"The redevelopment has been a long standing policy objective in the regeneration of Brixham and our proposals accord with those policy objectives.
"The economic rationale is also well established, with Brixham experiencing very high levels of convenience and comparison expenditure leakage to other locations with no associated benefits for the town.
"Given retailing trends, this level of leakage is only likely to increase over time.
"We have undertaken extensive pre-application consultation with Torbay Council, key stakeholders and through two public exhibitions. Of those who attended the most recent exhibition in November, 62 per cent were in favour which is an improvement on the 50 per cent this time last year, reflecting the efforts made to improve the quality of design and integration with the surrounding fabric.
"This level of support is unusual given people's natural inclination to only voice objection. We are confident our application will be well received and that consent will be forthcoming early next year."
The development is expected to create 172 jobs.
The proposals have split opinion in the port, with some residents categorically opposed to a Tesco store, fearing it would kill off independent shops and cause traffic chaos during the 24-month construction period.
Albourne is hoping to have its planning application dealt with next February.
Mr Batham-Read said: "It is too early to suggest when works may commence on site, but we will be discussing time scales with the council to ensure any disturbance and inconvenience is kept to a bare minimum.
"We have listened to local concern over the temporary loss of parking and will work with the council and local groups to seek solutions."