PLANS for a Brixham Tesco store are firmly on track according to the supermarket giant which is gearing up to put its scheme under public scrutiny.
The company, Britain's largest supermarket firm, is planning to hold a public exhibition in the fishing port so residents and traders can have their say.
The mixed-use scheme, which is being finalised by Albourne Property on behalf of Tesco, is expected to include a new supermarket, 300 car parking spaces, new small retail units and a small number of high-quality town houses.
Albourne and Tesco bosses said the development would provide a significant economic boost to the town and create hundreds of jobs.
Albourne Property Development director Richard Batham-Read said both Albourne, which will be pursuing planning consent for the scheme, and Tesco were committed to community consultation and would seek the views of local people through consultation events.
As such, a public exhibition is being scheduled for Thursday, December 15, at the Scala Hall in Brixham.
Mr Batham-Read said residents and local businesses will be able to see the proposals and help shape them before a formal planning application is submitted.
Representative from Albourne Properties and Tesco will be on hand to explain the proposals and answer questions. In addition Albourne Properties and Tesco will make contact with local businesses and stakeholders again in the New Year to enable more detailed discussions after the busy Christmas season.
He said: "We're pleased to be finalising our draft plans for a new mixed-use development in the heart of Brixham and we look forward to discussing them with local people next month.
"We are committed to listening to the views of local residents and businesses, and are keen to produce a scheme that meets the needs and aspirations of the town, while remaining sensitive to its surroundings."
Although many people are supportive of Tesco coming into the town centre and taking up the current central car park, a group of residents fiercely opposes any development.
Julie Richardson, a founding member of the Brixham Residents Against Tesco, said the group welcomed any public meeting held about Tesco.
She said: "We believe it should be up to the residents of Brixham to decide if this is what they really want.
"Members of BRATS recently talked to members of the public in Fore Street.
"Both residents and tourists and a large majority were very concerned about the principal of having a superstore in the centre of Brixham.
"There are other more sustainable ways of regenerating the town which do not seem to have been considered by the Torbay Development Agency."
At a recent town council meeting several councillors expressed their support for the Tesco move saying it would be the first regeneration phase in Brixham centre.
The Albourne Property/Tesco exhibition will take place at the Scala Hall between 2pm and 7pm on Thursday, December 15.