Tesco seeks smaller store at Sheringham
Tesco is looking to make its proposed supermarket at Sheringham about a quarter smaller than its previous plans.Revised ideas for the controversial scheme are being revealed at a public exhibition in the town on Friday and Saturday.
Tesco is looking to make its proposed supermarket at Sheringham about a quarter smaller than its previous plans.
Revised ideas for the scheme are being revealed at a public exhibition in the town tomorrow and on Saturday.
The company says the latest plan, for about 1,200sq m of sales space rather then the original 1,500, would mean it was similar in size to the store at Aylsham.
And the position could change, with an option to put it close to Station Road to attract visitors to the rest of Sheringham's shops.
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Tesco has brought in award-winning architects to take a fresh look at the plans after rejection by planners and a government inspector. This had centred on concerns that the store would damage the vitality of the town centre, and there were reserv-ations about a design that was considered bland.
The emerging new plans favour a 750 sq m store, but Tesco has always insisted that a larger one is needed to stop people driving out of the area to do their weekly shop.
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The company says the new store would offer a good range of food and groceries for the main food shopping trip, with a very limited selection of other goods, "reflect-ing views on the previous plans".
Spokesman Nick Gellatly said: "It's clear there are many people who would like a local Tesco. Our new architects, Wilkinson Eyre, have started from scratch to design a better store that will bring value, choice and convenience to local residents. The official decision on our last proposal also confirmed that Sheringham needs a supermarket but that it should be smaller than our previous plans. We also know the store must be big enough to attract new visitors to town."
People can see the new plans and talk to Tesco representatives at the Oddfellows Hall on Lifeboat Plain, behind the Crown pub on the seafront, tomorrow from 10am to 8pm and on Saturday from 10am to 3pm. Further information is also available from www.sheringham