Tesco Commonside public enquiry call!

Tesco’s Commonside public inquiry is at Sheffield Town Hall on 12th and 13th May.

This is a high-profile planning appeal with considerable opposition. Tesco has a history of going against local wishes and Friends of the Earth published a damning report in 2008 on the supermarket chain’s alleged tactics for circumventing local democracy and the planning process (link here).

The site at 218 Springvale Road formerly belonged to Hollies Filling Station

Sheffield City Council Leader Paul Scriven, a local resident who put in his formal objection to the proposed “convenience store” spoke to North West Sheffield News this morning:

I have fought this plan ever since it was first put on the Table by Tesco this is a case that every little doesn’t help!

It will not only undermine what is a vibrant community shopping centre with local businesses but it will also be dangerous for road users and pedestrians. This is due to the site been located at a busy junction with five roads merging.

Also the noise and inconvenience caused to local residents will be too much. Some houses will more or less touch the new building if given the go ahead.

This is a Tesco too far and I have written to the planning inspector to say so. – Paul Scriven

Our previous pieces on the issue:

  • Our original (January 19th) in-depth piece is here.
  • Our February 1st update is here.
  • Our February 16th report on what the Green Party said is here.

Whether for or against the proposal, the public is invited to attend the public inquiry at Sheffield Town Hall on 12th and 13th May and proceedings start at 10am.


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