Tesco appeal is expected

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CONTROVERSIAL proposals for a Tesco superstore at Halfway were rejected this week – but it may not be the end of the matter.

Committee chair Coun John Hesketh said an appeal by the retail giant to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate was inevitable – and he would have been happier if the grounds for refusal had been stronger.

Despite widespread community opposition on the basis of the impact on traffic and other shops in the area, councillors blocked the scheme only because the land off Oxclose Park Road, near a Morrisons store, was needed for housing.

Tesco planning consultant Chris Hough said the development would create 450 new full-time and part-time jobs and pump £5.5m of wages into the economy.

“That is not including the impact of construction and spin-off orders to other businesses. And we would target jobs at local people, providing a major boost to the area at a time of recession.

This would be a clear vote for jobs and investment,” he added.

But the committee voted unanimously to accept the advice of their offices that the land should be protected so that it can help meet Sheffield’s long-term housing needs.