Tesco a step closer to setting up shop

TESCO is to consult with local residents in Collingham on plans for a new Tesco Express store at the derelict site of the former Old Star pub on Leeds Road.

Starting next week, 1,600 homes near to the site at the heart of the village will receive consultation brochures from Tesco detailing its proposals.

Residents will be able to give their views via a freepost comment card, with Tesco encouraging as many people as possible to respond.

Tesco corporate affairs manager Deborah Hayeems said: “Our consultation brochure gives residents in Collingham the opportunity to find out about our proposal to regenerate this derelict building in the centre of the village.

“Through our freepost response card we are keen to find out what local people think about the plans.”

The Old Star closed its doors 18 months ago and has since been standing empty.

Last autumn Collingham with Linton Parish Council spoke of its concerns over the lack of information from Tesco which declared an interest in the “eyesore” site, owned by the Lady Hastings Trust, last February.

Collingham parish clerk Glyn Robins said this week that he felt consultation would be welcomed by residents so that they could express their views.

“We hadn’t heard from Tesco since they first made their announcement for the store last April and since then people have been waiting anxiously to see if a planning application was going to be submitted.

“I think that it will be good on the basis that there is a lot of resistence from residents who do not want a Tesco Express store in Collingham but there will be some who will be in favour of it.

“The Old Star is still in a boarded up position and it can be described as an eyesore in the village.”

Tesco intends to submit a planning application following consultation with residents in the village.