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Trafalgar Street West decision

Dean Road Depot.The Government’s planning inspector, tasked with hearing the case for the road closure of Trafalgar Street West in Scarborough at a public enquiry back in October, has today announced in favour of closing the road.

 

The closure of Trafalgar Street West was directly linked to Tesco’s planning permission to build a new superstore on the site of the current Scarborough Borough Council depot and neighbouring land owned by Assura on Dean Road, and was seen as the last piece in the jigsaw to allow the supermarket development to go ahead.

 

In a separate turn of events, Tesco pulled out of the purchase of the Dean Road site last week, which it was due to purchase from the council in order to develop its new superstore. While Tesco’s move is a set back in the council’s plans for the site, the council sees today’s decision by the planning inspector as a key one in attracting an alternative developer.

 

Nick Edwards, Director of Business Support said:

 

"While of course the public inquiry on the road closure was specifically linked to Tesco’s original planning permission, the planning inspector has determined that the decision on the road closure would still apply to any alternative developments that might be presented to the council, provided the plans are on a similar basis to Tesco’s proposal.

 

"The decision will enable us to keep our options open and should help to stimulate further interest in the site. We will be meeting with the joint land owners, Assura, in the new year to plan how we can capitalise on any new enquiries that might come forward from alternative developers."

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