Nottingham

Plans for major Nottingham superstore withdrawn

Artist's impression of Nottingham Eastside Tesco
Image caption The store would be located on the edge of the city centre

Plans for a £40m supermarket project in Nottingham have been withdrawn by Tesco just hours before a planning meeting to discuss the project.

City planners had opposed the plan for the Tesco store off London Road as it did not fit in the city's master plan.

Tesco said it remained committed to the site and would study the objections.

Spokesman Jonathan Simpson said: "This is a world-class site that presents exciting opportunities for this part of the city."

'Huge opportunities'

He said: "We believe the scheme has a huge opportunity to regenerate the site which has been dormant for at least 15 years."

The project in the city's Eastside Regeneration Zone known as the Island Site would be the biggest Tesco store in the East Midlands and create 350 jobs, Mr Simpson said.

Planning officials said the design and size of the store near the city's rail station, which will now be revised, were inconsistent with overall plans for the site.

Nottingham City Council had also voiced concerns that the proposed 90,000 sq ft store could threaten traders in the city centre and in Sneinton.

The council's vision for the Island Site was to see a mix of office, residential and retail development evenly spread throughout the area.

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