This afternoon ASDA contacted the Northern Echo to tell them that they had submitted "sketch proposals" to the Council as a rival to the Tesco proposal.
Remarkably, ASDA hadn't bothered to tell Council officers, and the sketches were languishing in the post room. You will all have to make up your own minds how serious this proposal in fact is.
I haven't seen the sketches, but apparently they show a similar scheme to the existing plans from Tesco, albeit with the omission of the petrol station and a repositioning of the residential area. There is no accompanying financial, engineering or architectural information. If and when this is forthcoming, Council officers will of course be happy to talk to ASDA.
The Tesco consultation should proceed. The ASDA proposal looks very similar, and the uncertainty about the future of the town centre needs to be resolved one way or the other.
Incidentally, some people's opposition to the Tesco proposal is based on their fear of the company's aggressive history - I would imagine plans from ASDA/Wallmart will also excite discussion, given that company's track record in the US.
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