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Tesco plans to go on show to Brixham public

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 01, 2011

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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.

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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.

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  • mig46  |  February 27 2013, 12:47PM

    Having been told the plans for Tesco new store were on show in a shop window in Brixham, upon finding the plan it had been covered up with another poster,once again I feel someone has been out to stop people seeing this, wonder who that could have been. I have spoken to a lot of people and most are i n favour of the new store but for reasons know only to them they are not comming forward, I think if they had there would be lots more people in favour than BRATS think, it will not make much dirrerence to the little shops as they are not geared up for a weekly shop, the odd pint of milk and toilet roll yes and I dont feel people will stop going in. It will be great when all this is sorted one way or the other, Brixham needs this store and all the little shops it will bring. I still feel BRATS are in the minority. Lets hope I am proved right!!

  • trev_wright  |  December 10 2011, 1:12PM

    Doreen Smith and Bobtheflyer are quite right. It will make the town busier hence the bigger car park being proposed but the appearance is so important. It must blend in. Re Tesco Fareham that Bobtheflyer mentioned an incredeible 4000 people applied for 187 jobs. And as that local Fareham trader said, it has been beneficial so we have to add Fareham to Totnes and St Ives as towns that have been fortunate enough to have a large supermarket open in thier town centres and keep everything 'in town'

  • abcxyz  |  December 09 2011, 3:10PM

    From Doreen Smith Belmont Road Brixham "bobtheflyer is quite right, a town centre supermarket will without doubt benefit Brixham with much greater footfall but attention really has to be given to the appearance of the structure. This is not like building a superstore out on a ring road, it must be done with great thought being given to where it is going to be, ie the town centre and it must fit in aesthetically. The Tesco logo and colours are not the most attractive and need to be really toned down. I see BRATS are trying to convince people that the size will be 40,000 sq ft. It will not. The size of the supermarket, which is the all important size, is 20,000 sq ft which incidentally is about 20% smaller than the new Asda in Torquay on the old Focus site which is hardly gigantic! We definately need a supermarket in town we just have to make sure we get the building right."

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  • abcxyz  |  December 09 2011, 3:08PM

    bobtheflyer is quite right, a town centre supermarket will without doubt benefit Brixham with much greater footfall but attention really has to be given to the appearance of the structure. This is not like building a superstore out on a ring road, it must be done with great thought being given to where it is going to be, ie the town centre and it must fit in aesthetically. The Tesco logo and colours are not the most attractive and need to be really toned down. I see BRATS are trying to convince people that the size will be 40,000 sq ft. It will not. The size of the supermarket, which is the all important size, is 20,000 sq ft which incidentally is about 20% smaller than the new Asda in Torquay on the old Focus site which is hardly gigantic! We definately need a supermarket in town we just have to make sure we get the building right.

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  • bobtheflyer  |  December 08 2011, 11:03AM

    I have mixed feelings about the proposed Tesco development. The town centre can hardly be described as pretty after the old multi-storey car park was demolished. (It was even less pretty with it there.) Appararently the new development will have more car park space with the first two hours free, which in fact (as is the case in Totnes) will encourage people to shop in town and buy from other local shops. As far as affordable housing goes, I doubt it. And the small retail units will likely have have such high rents that they will be left empty. All in all if the development has some style I don't think it will be a bad thing. A local trader I spoke to said she was from Fareham where a similar development occured. She told me that despite everyones predictions that it would be a disaster for the town it has in fact been beneficial. So I'd say don't condemn it until you know the plans.

  • trev_wright  |  December 04 2011, 4:58PM

    When we talk about supermarkets being 'out of town' we mean out of the town like in another town or out on a ring road meaning folk in Brixham having to travel to Paignton or Torquay and likewise people in Totnes who would otherwise have to travel to Newton Abott. The Morrisons in Totnes is IN town, a couple of hundred yards from Fore Street, meaning you don't have to travel to a different town. Brixham on the way up? Do you know, it is! There are still a lot of empty shops and charity shops but we are getting some quality, question is will a town centre supermarket enhance this progress we're seeing. The town will certainly be busier with people coming in from Brixham's surrounding areas to shop. (An exception to the quality we're seeing that awful fish and chip shop that has just opened on The Quay, it's called The Great British Fish & Chips complete with the Union Flag and a picture of Winston Churchill. It looks dreadful. They couldn't have made it more downmarket if they'd tried) But if there isn't a supermarket in the town centre car park don't think for one minute that it will stay as it is. It will be developed. Into what? Most certainly a multi story car park (and modern multi story car parks are just as ugly as dreadful 1960's one that was pulled down 3 or 4 years ago) and most likely a whole load of Housing Association houses. Don't scoff, you can't pick a paper up nowadays without seeing how many affordable homes the government is intent on building and the South West has to take its share. Aesthetics? You'd have to forget them.

  • Nippie  |  December 04 2011, 4:10PM

    The Totnes Morrison's is not in the centre of the town, impacting on the general aesthetic qualities of that town. I agree with dmarie1982. Brixham is looking better now than it has for years. This is because there is regeneration without cloning all the other towns in Devon/England. We have independant shops opening that fit in with the general atmosphere of the town, tastefully decorated with pleasant owners and staff. Fresh reasonable restaurants, refurbished pubs. Brixham is on the way up. We DO NOT NEED another supermarket.

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  • trev_wright  |  December 04 2011, 2:50PM

    In the 2008 referendum over 3700 Brixham residents answered the Tesco question which is not a bad turn actually when you consider 28 replied to the recent question about taking over the town hall. And the Brixham residents voted in favour of a supermarket of 28,000 sq ft actually and the one that is being proposed is only a modest 20,000 sq ft. Re Nippie's comment on Oxen Cove, in the same referendum Brixham residents were asked if they agreed with a second marina at Oxen Cove/Freshwater Quarry and they said yes, they did agree with it. The Brixham Residents Against Town Survival think a town centre supermarket will be bad for Brixham. Perhasp these people don't travel very far. Totnes has a Morrisons in town of a larger size than is proposed for Brixham plus a Co-op in the high street that is about the size of Brixham's three present Fore Street supermarkets put together and Totnes is positively thriving. Likewise St Ives in Cornwall which has a Tesco of about 24,000 sq ft along with a Spa and a Co-op and that town is also thriving. What I say to the Brixham Residents Against Town Survival is BRASS - Brixham Requires A Super Store.

  • dmarie1982  |  December 04 2011, 8:49AM

    Beefy-"This has always been a Tesco store, a multi-storey car park, retail units and affordable housing" I really cant see them buliding affordable housing, it says "a small number of high-quality town houses" See any first time buyers getting one of these? As for your comments about TESCO, read this:- http://tinyurl.com/83l2exx It will not improve the economy of the town it will ruin it. Brixham is slowly coming into its own, new wine bars/restaurants opening, more events, regeneration of the quay. We dont need TESCO.

  • Nippie  |  December 03 2011, 7:29PM

    We didn't bother voting because it will make no difference. The powers that be have decided that we shall have a Tesco, therefore we shall have a Tesco. The same as Oxen cove will be developed despite the majority not wanting it. As for refusing to enter the place, there will be so few spaces to park few people will want to shop there anyway.

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