A REPORT outlining concerns over a proposed new Tesco store has been compiled in preparation for a public debate.
Proposals to build a medium-sized Tesco on land at Queen Street, Great Harwood, has caused controversy in the town with many traders concerned that the development will be detrimental to their own business.
A public exhibition was held in Great Harwood and the results of the consultation have now been handed to the Observer prior to being submitted to the Hyndburn Council planning department.
The report states that a research study commissioned by Hyndburn Council showed that just less than half of spending on food by people in Great Harwood is currently spent in the town.
It states: "It can only be assumed that it is the intention of Tesco to attempt to redress this spending pattern by utilising their considerable retailing skills and financial strength to encourage more local inhabitants to use their services and purchase their goods."
A list of initial concerns has been drawn up including traffic, quality of life, existing businesses and town development.
The report said that anyone living in Great Harwood is aware of congestion along upper Queen Street in normal circumstances and queries still needing an answer include:
- What increase in traffic is expected on main roads into town from the directions of Rishton, Clayton-le-Moors, Whalley and Clitheroe?
- Are there any plans to create pedestrian crossings on the roads close to the new store?
The quality of life for people living in Great Harwood is to remain a priority during any new developments.
Tesco planners have also stated that they will use "materials from sustainable sources and the very latest in environmentally friendly equipment". The report said that more information is needed on the total carbon footprint of the store and the quantity of waste the store will generate each year and what proportion of it will be disposed of in local landfill sites.
Although all of the goods which will be sold in Tesco are already available in local shops, it is hoped that shoppers from outside of the area will be attracted and will be encouraged to use other shopping facilities when visiting.
A Section 106 agreement may also be attached to a planning approval to ensure a number of other criteria are met by the developers.