Tesco redevelopment of car park recommended
A £20 million supermarket plan for a Westcountry town is being recommended for approval.
The fate of the controversial Tesco superstore scheme in Brixham, which has split the port, will be decided by Torbay's planning committee. And officers are saying the redevelopment should go ahead after years in the making, with certain conditions attached.
Revisions have been included in the latest plans after concerns were expressed over access. The mixed-use scheme would see a multi-level car park with 340 spaces, a 32,000 sq ft Tesco supermarket and additional retail space, small unit shops, 11 town houses, three flats, a Shopmobility unit and public space. New lorry and bus access plans which were recently shown at a Brixham Town Council meeting in January and led to the council rejecting the project on access grounds, have been revised.
In her report, planning officer Ruth Robinson said Brixham had "long under-performed as a shopping destination" and needed to face up to "major challenges" including the rise of internet shopping and competition from out-of- town retail developments.
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She said it was an expensive site to develop "due to the need to remediate the contaminated land, to mitigate flood risks and to cloak the building to create active street frontages".