Allerdale Council dumps Tesco store plan for Workington

Council bosses in Cumbria have abandoned plans for a multi-million-pound Tesco superstore in Workington.

Proposals for the Cloffocks development have been on the table for six years, but have been hit by planning delays.

Allerdale Council has now decided not to sell the land to Tesco for an estimated £18m, after it said the store might not be completed until 2016.

Tesco said it was "disappointed" at the council's decision, but would seek to build a store in Whitehaven or Wigton.

A council spokesman said: "The council's officers and Tesco have not been able to reach agreement on certain terms.

'Considerable expense'

"Tesco has not proposed a completion date but are suggesting around two to three years' time. This means the development may not be completed until 2016.

"Tesco wants the council to appropriate the site in the meantime and fence it off and maintain it.

"We are of the view that that there are so many obstacles in the way of developing this particular site as a Tesco supermarket that we should now draw a line and allow the existing agreement to expire and not sell the land to Tesco."

Doug Wilson, Tesco's corporate affairs manager, said: "We are disappointed with Allerdale Borough Council's decision.

"We have gone to considerable expense to reach this stage and were ready to pay the agreed fee of £18m for the land in question.

"However, we will now move on and turn our attention to the exciting plans we currently have for new stores in other towns in Cumbria, including Whitehaven and Wigton, and focus on these instead."

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