expansion 'still on track to deliver £300k boost to Burnham'
that Tesco had axed its multi-million pound expansion plans for
its Burnham-On-Sea store - and consequently pulled the plug on
£300,000 of regeneration funding for the town - have been
quashed this week.
supermarket giant has confirmed exclusively to Burnham-On-Sea.com
that the expansion proposals at its store in Ben Travers Way are
still going ahead despite rumours circulating in recent weeks
that the plans may have been shelved.
expansion proposals were approved by district councillors exactly
one year ago and will lead to an extra 1,200 square metres
of shopping space being created, along with additional parking
importantly for Burnham-On-Sea, though, £300,000 of community
funding from Tesco will be given to Burnhams Civic Pride
town centre regeneration scheme, which now appears to be safe.
'community gain' was agreed between Sedgemoor District Council
and Tesco last year at the same time the planning application
spokeswoman Julie Bishop confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
are still planning to open Burnham's expanded store between March
2011 and February 2012."
added: "I can't say yet when the building work will start
because we are still working on the schedule, but the expansion
will definitely proceed."
will be phasing the construction around the seasons to ensure
the building work goes ahead during a quiet period for tourism."
positive news was this week welcomed by regeneration bosses in
Burnham, with Civic Pride Chairman Alex Turco telling Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"This is good news. There had been concerns that the development
might not proceed in full."
the money comes in, it should be used for several town centre
improvements, which are being planned around several phases."
added that the money is particularly welcome after the severe
blow last summer when the South
West Regional Development Agency decided not to award Burnham
£750,000 of expected regeneration funding.
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