Larger store would create 135 new jobs

PUBLISHED: 02:01 24 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:00 10 June 2010

PLANS to increase the size of Tesco in Salterton Road by a quarter, making 135 new jobs, went on show to the public - and could be open by next summer. If successful, the proposals, displayed at the Town Hall over the weekend, would increase the number o

PLANS to increase the size of Tesco in Salterton Road by a quarter, making 135 new jobs, went on show to the public - and could be open by next summer. If successful, the proposals, displayed at the Town Hall over the weekend, would increase the number of employees by more than 40 per cent - from 320 - and include a mezzanine cafe, new toilets and a recycling centre.The floor space would grow from 5,657 sq m to 7,795, enabling scores of new lines to be stocked - including more local produce and Fair Trade products.Tesco hope the plans, to be submitted to East Devon within four to six weeks, will be decided by the end of the year.But they would require the demolition of the Glenorchy Church next door, which has been a place of worship since 1955.However, the supermarket giant - which last year saw one pound in every seven spent on UK high streets go into their coffers - would build a new state-of-the-art facility to replace it on the adjoining Redgates site.Talks have been progressing between the church's steering group and the supermarket, and Bob Austen, a spokesman for the Glenorchy Church, said: "We will know the outcome within the next few weeks." If given permission, the district council would likely require significant planning gain as a condition - and Tesco have offered upgrades to Salterton Road, including a new pedestrian and cycle network.A new junction - moved back from its current position - with a new demand-responsive automated traffic control system, called Mova, would also be built.Melanie Chiswell, corporate affairs manager for Tesco, said: "If everything goes well, we hope to have planning permission by the end of the year with the work finished within the next 12 to 18 months."Tesco will carefully review all the responses from the exhibition and, wherever feasible and practical, take account of people's comments and suggestions. "We are already trying to solve some of the issues customers have raised about the current store so the consultation has been very useful so far."She added that they would write to all affected who live near the store and denied that the plans had been rushed together in response to Asda proposals and said: "This has been in the planning for three years."John and Joy Mountford, of Pines Road, were among residents who welcomed the plans: "I really don't think we should have an Asda store on the estuary, but we do need more of a product range and this is a better alternative.

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