Worksop: Tesco denies ‘gossip’ of land sale and store revamp

Tesco site on Carlton Road, Worksop  (w120808-3b)
Tesco site on Carlton Road, Worksop (w120808-3b)

Tesco has quashed rumours that it has sold its land between Carlton Road and Blyth Road in Worksop for housing development.

A spokesman told the Guardian this week that this was simply the rumour mill churning. “There’s no truth in it at all. We are not selling it for housing,” he said.

He also refuted the suggestion that Tesco’s existing supermarket on Gateford Road was set for a revamp.

He said: “We have no plans to renovate the existing store. It would not make sense considering we are still pushing ahead with plans to build a new store.”

Last week we reported that Tesco’s long running plans to build a new superstore on land on the corner of Carlton Road and Blyth Road had been halted.

The supermarket giant has begun work to reinstate a footpath which used to run across its derelict development site.

Proposals for the new superstore hang in the balance while the Secretary of State for planning, Eric Pickles, looks a rights of way issue.

As things stand, construction work can not begin because the store would cut off two footpaths, one of which runs across the middle of the site.

But despite Tesco applying to Bassetlaw Council to divert the path around the store perimeter, ‘unresolvable’ objections were raised during the public consultation stage, causing the diversion order to be hauled before the Secretary of State.

“We had temporarily closed the footpath for the safety of the public while we carried out initial works on the store, but we have decided to reopen the it for the benefit of the local community while the decision is made,” said a Tesco spokesman.