Houses plan for supermarket site

PLANS: Homes scheme for Tesco site on Westcliffe Drive
PLANS: Homes scheme for Tesco site on Westcliffe Drive
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A SUPERMARKET giant is bidding to build homes on one of its sites in Blackpool, prompting relief from other traders.

Tesco is poised to secure planning permission for five homes on land surrounding its store on Westcliffe Drive, Layton.

The retailer converted the former Windmill Pub into a Tesco Express after an application to demolish the pub and build a bigger store on the land was thrown out by councillors in 2009.

Traders fought the bid for a bigger store, fearing it would damage their businesses.

Today they welcomed the move to build homes on excess land surrounding the store which will remain, saying it signalled an end to fears the company might want to resurrect its hopes of a more substantial shop in the future.

Kath Hurley, of the Layton Traders Association, said: “If they are going to put houses there, they are not going to have a bigger store and so they must be happy with what they have got. It obviously means they are not going to come back with a more ambitious scheme.

“We ran a very strong campaign against a large Tesco store which we felt would have been very damaging to the rest of the shops in Layton.

“However, I do have sympathy for the residents who live close to the site as the development of new houses will affect them.”

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Three letters of objection have been submitted to Blackpool Council from residents living in Brooklyn Avenue and Wembley Avenue, who say there is not enough space and they will suffer from a loss of privacy.

But the council’s planning committee is being recommended to approve the application on Monday.

A report to councillors says: “Overall, given the character of the area, the fact the site is not protected for any other type of use and there is an excess of land not utilised by the existing store, the principle of residential development at this location is considered to be acceptable.”

The homes scheme would see a pair of semi-detached dormer bungalows, and three two-storey terraced houses.

In 2009 Tesco applied to demolish the Windmill pub and build a new 1,363 square metre store in its place but 3,500 people, including traders and residents, signed a petition in protest.

In 2010 the company received permission to convert the pub instead.

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