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Consultation over Tesco plans are delayed again

Artists impressions of plans by Northumberland Estates for a Tesco on The Braid, Amble..

Artists impressions of plans by Northumberland Estates for a Tesco on The Braid, Amble..

Revised plans for a stalled supermarket development have been put back AGAIN – but the company behind the bid insists the amended proposals will be ready for consultation in the ‘near future’.

Frustration is growing in Amble at the length of time it is taking Tesco to unveil an updated application for its eco-store in the town.

The long-drawn-out saga has rumbled on for over a year and the retail giant continues to drag its feet on producing an amended bid.

In February, there was renewed hope that consultation was imminent, with Tesco saying it was looking at a date in early April.

But three weeks into the month and there is still nothing. And when contacted by the Gazette last week, Mark Thomas, the company’s regional corporate affairs manager north, admitted there was still no exact date.

He said: “We are working to bring something for public consultation in Amble. We apologise for the delay and we will come forward for consultation in the near future, although we have not got an exact date at the moment.”

However, he did add that the company was looking into the demolition of vacant buildings on the site.

Tesco was due to commence work on the store last spring – after a start date in 2012 was pushed back – but made an eleventh-hour decision to amend the development, halting progress. It originally said that consultation would commence that autumn.

 

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