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Tesco defeats opposition to Salford superstore

25 Oct 10 Salford City Council has given the go-ahead to controversial plans for a 130,000 sq ft Tesco Extra superstore.

Tesco’s plans were opposed by both local traders at the nearby Salford Shopping City centre and from the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). Local traders handed the council a petition of 8,000 signatures against the scheme.

CABE said that the proposed store “risks seriously undermining the long-term regeneration of Pendleton by failing to adequately consider the site’s integration with its context." It said it was “an outdated out-of-town model".

CABE also feared the design for a south-facing glass wall could generate excessive heat. "The absence of any shading devices to mitigate this is indicative of the limited design thinking on the scheme as a whole."

Salford’s planning committee dismissed these concerns, however, and was apparently swayed by Tesco’s assertion that the store would create 600 new jobs.

Construction of the store will start next year.

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