Tesco sets out stall again for superstore in south of Sheffield

proposals for a Tesco 'Eco' store off Oxclose Park Road, Halfway.
proposals for a Tesco 'Eco' store off Oxclose Park Road, Halfway.

TESCO is trying again to secure council permission for a superstore at Oxclose in Halfway.

Already the retail giant has appealed to the Government after the council rejected the scheme – a move sets the ball rolling towards a public inquiry.

Now is has submitted a revised application in the hope of overcoming the objections and gaining council approval so the appeal can be dropped.

Spokeswoman Deborah Hayeems said: “This new application has given us the chance to incorporate the feedback we have received in our consultation with the public and improve our plans. We feel that this is the right development for the area and are still very much committed to bringing a wider choice of shopping to Halfway.”

However, the main reason for the council refusing permission was that the land is needed for housing.

Town hall officers will re-examine all the implications and consult again with local people. Tesco says up to 450 jobs are in the balance and it is giving a commitment to ensuring that up to half of the jobs would go to long-term unemployed local residents as part of a Regeneration Partnership scheme.

“The scheme is about providing opportunities for people who are struggling to find work, such as residents who have been made redundant, single parents, older people, those with disabilities and people who have never worked before,” said Ms Hayeems.

“It has been successful all over the country and we are currently carrying out the recruitment for our first Sheffield-based Regeneration Partnership at our new store in Spital Hill.”

Changes to the Oxclose scheme, near an existing Morrisons superstore, include repositioning the store and service yard further away from housing, removing the unpopular bus link to the site.