Trafalgar Street West decision
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