Tesco makes third bid for store in south west Sheffield

Nick Longworth and protesters outside the proposed location for a new Tesco Express at Parkhead
Nick Longworth and protesters outside the proposed location for a new Tesco Express at Parkhead

Tesco is making a third attempt to secure permission for one of its neighbourhood stores in the south west of Sheffield.

The supermarket giant says it has scaled back the proposed redevelopment of the site of the old Parkhead garage in Ecclesall Road South, near Abbey Lane, and increased car parking in an attempt to counter previous reasons for council refusal.

But residents can be expected to gear up for another protest. Objections to the proposed Tesco Express in 2012 included a petition with more than 2,000 names.

On that occasion, the council refused planning permission for the second time in three years. In particular, it was concerned about delivery lorries disrupting traffic on the main road.

Tesco’s representatives say the latest scheme is of a “substantially reduced scale with on site servicing and increased car parking provision (11 spaces). It is materially different to the previous schemes.”

Because it would be a smaller store, there would be more space so lorries would be able to pull off the road.

Tesco also points out that the prominent site is becoming “increasingly dilapidated”.

Local Liberal Democrat councillor Roger Davison, who was at the forefront of the campaign last time, said he would analyse the details of application before making a “definite statement”, but he expected another wave of local opposition. He remained concerned about an increase on traffic and the loss of a neighbouring house for use by Tesco staff.

Objectors last time feared for existing shops in the area, but the council ruled this out as a reason for refusal.