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Tesco to invest £150k in Skegness as part of expansion plans

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: October 20, 2011

EXTRA, EXTRA: Plans for an extension to Skegness Tesco to turn it into an Extra store have been approved, and £150,000 has been agreed by the company for community benefit in the town centre.

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SKEGNESS town centre looks set to benefit from a £150,000 investment after an agreement was reached with Tesco over the expansion of their store.

After deferring an application to expand the Richmond Drive supermarket on two occasions, East Lindsey District Council's planning committee has now agreed to grant permission.

This means that work can now begin to create a Tesco Extra store – increasing the size of the store by 2,468 square metres and creating up to 75 new jobs.

The petrol station will also be increased in size from four to six pump islands and 156 new parking spaces will be created.

The application was deferred at a committee meeting in August to enable further discussions with the applicant over Section 106 contributions (for community benefit) as well as the possible retail impact of the proposal on Skegness town centre.

As a result, a report by an independent retail consultant found that: "The proposal may have an adverse impact on the vitality and viability of the town centre and in particular on a second town centre anchor, however, on balance it may not be sufficient to justify a refusal."

Since that meeting, Tesco have also now signed a Section 106 contribution of £150,000 toward town centre improvements or for facilities for the benefit of the town centre.

This money will be received by ELDC.

Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Steve O'Dare thanked both officers and Tesco for their work on reaching a satisfactory conclusion and proposed that the application be proposed. This was voted for unanimously by fellow members.

Corporate affairs manager for Tesco, Louise Gosling said: "We are extremely pleased that the plans have been approved and we look forward to delivering a bigger and better store for our customers and staff.

"The extension will help us to attract people from a wider area and allow shoppers to enjoy a better choice and a larger range of goods.

"It will also significantly boost the local economy by creating up to 75 new jobs."

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  • Borninskeggy  |  October 20 2011, 11:35PM

    "This money will be received by ELDC." Did muscadet mention the word 'bribe'? Nah, ELDC are just the planning authority that made the decision...... Surely you and I could go to prison for such corruption?

  • exkeelby  |  October 20 2011, 5:33PM

    Benefit ?

  • rick29  |  October 20 2011, 9:26AM

    still want to know whats happening with the so called tesco extra store thats suppose to be getting built at wragby road.

  • muscadet  |  October 20 2011, 9:14AM

    Why not just call it a bribe. Its how Tesco always get their way.They do that all over the Country when not getting a result.

  • Whiley45  |  October 20 2011, 8:44AM

    Well done Tesco. All you had to do was stump up £150k and you got your own way. A small price to pay.