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SALFORD COUNCIL GIVES GO AHEAD FOR TESCO
 

Star date: October 21st 2010

JOB LOSSES ON SALFORD PRECINCT "INEVITABLE"

Salford Council's Planning Committee today gave Tesco the go ahead to build its giant superstore opposite Salford Shopping City.

Chris Beckerman, from Salford Estates which bought the Precinct for £40million earlier this year and had presented councillors with an 8000 signature petition against the Tesco plans, declared the decision "very upsetting" and added "This will inevitably lead to job losses"…

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TESCO... "Ill conceived, poorly planned…it will have a shattering affect on Salford Shopping City…and a catastrophic affect on regeneration." Chris  Beckerman, Salford Estates

This morning Salford City Council's planning committee approved plans for a giant Tesco superstore to be positioned across Pendleton Way, right opposite Salford Shopping City.

Market traders, members of the public and Salford Estates, which owns the Precinct, had objected to Tesco's plans mainly on the grounds that the store wouldn't be integrated with Salford Shopping City and will draw trade away from existing stores and market stalls.

Chris Beckerman, from Salford Estates, explained that while objectors support the concept of a food store on the proposed site, the sheer scale of the Tesco "monster" store – three and a half times bigger than Morrisons in Eccles – and a "complete lack of integration" with Salford Shopping City would be a "significant threat to local jobs".

He estimated 40% job losses at the Precinct, or 330 people who could be made redundant, as Tesco's "unfair domination" would have a "shattering effect on Salford Shopping City", leading to closure of existing shops and market stalls.

The alternative vision put forward by Salford Estates included closing off the Pendleton Way four lane road that divides the Tesco site and the Precinct to allow more links between them, and a food store of an appropriate size as not to destroy existing trade in Pendleton (see here for further details).

Beckerman said that Salford Estates' approach to meet both Salford Council and Tesco to reach a compromise had not been reciprocated. He urged planning committee members to defer Tesco's "ill conceived, poorly planned" application.

His words were underlined by Joe Harrison, Chief Executive of the Market Traders Federation who said that the application was "detrimental to market traders". He urged the planning panel to "tell the applicants to go away and come back with something for market traders, Salford Shopping City and the people of Salford". (see here for further details)

Labour Councillor Peter Connor, who doesn't sit on the planning committee, stood up and said that while he welcomed Tesco's investment in employment and training, in the "interest of fairness" Salford people should be given "a proper choice", as the new owners of Salford Shopping City also wished to invest "in a centre that's integrated". He urged that the decision should be deferred while talks between the parties took place.

Meanwhile, Mr Joy and Mr Shepherd, pointed out the lack of facilities for the disabled, with no ranks for wheelchair friendly black cabs proposed on the Tesco site.

Tesco's Corporate Affairs Manager pointed to the green credentials of the superstore and how the company would recruit and train 300 long term local unemployed people which would "improve the economic wealth of the area". He argued that the store was linked to the Precinct via "super crossings" on Pendleton Way and added that between 15-20,000 more shoppers would come into Pendleton, creating an "extra footfall" that would help the Precinct's trade.

The planning committee then had a discussion -  about the Tesco roof, car parking, taxi ranks, delivery times and the closure of Pendleton Way, before voting in favour of the application, with added conditions on disabled drop off points, roof materials, the management of the car park and store delivery times. Only one councillor abstained and none voted against.

After the meeting Chris Beckerman, from Salford Estates, was quietly furious…

"We're extremely disappointed" he said "The level of objections – an 8000 signature petition – plus overwhelming support for our own masterplan has all been ignored.

"I'm upset for the locals that they won't get an integrated shopping offer with Tesco and the Shopping City, they won't get the new public squares and they won't get all of the new retail in the manner we showed on our masterplan" he added "This will inevitably lead to job losses. And that's very upsetting.

"But this is just one battle and the war is continuing – we will ensure that we do everything at our disposal to force the parties to come together to close Pendleton Way, to integrate the store, to reduce it in size and to provide what people in Salford should have – a considered regeneration project.

In a guarded but scathing conclusion on Salford Council and its planning panel he concluded…

"I think that the level of opposition and our masterplan, and the manner in which we were looking to deliver our vision spoke for itself  - and that the panel was directed very carefully to approve. It's been very clear from the outset that the Council were very keen to have Tesco come what may."

See also: Inside the Tesco planning meeting... Fiddlers on the Roof

See The History of Salford Precinct here...

 

Jonathan Braisely wrote
at 15:57:46 on 09 January 2013
I actually used to attend this when it was a primary school back in 69' It was a brilliant place! Now that it is Tesco it felt like it had wiped out my memories!
 
terry fanning wrote
at 08:34:36 on 24 December 2012
outsider is out of his head. tesco and the council arse lickers are depriving the local people and outsiders. the choice and freedom to shop. with whom and where they wish to shop. salford precint is going down faster than my wife.
 
I hate tesco wrote
at 00:20:02 on 31 July 2012
80 thou 130thou 140thou...Nobody knows how big the news store is..I applied for a job there..Know 1xothers who went for jobs..Guess what no body got them...Long term umemployed will get the jobs Jo Frith MBE Partner ship manager said...She speaks outta her arse.....Facebook New Tesco Salford..Spread the word
 
hmm wrote
at 13:07:28 on 01 March 2012
I know this is old outsider but it is definently the case that the people for the project are depriving people of choice and freedom, 2 years later and we've already lost the market and hundreds of jobs.
 
TescoMetroShopper wrote
at 18:48:38 on 03 December 2010
"Salford Estates Ltd" was only formed as a limited company recently which (as I don't recall the precinct being sold again) must be a subsidery of Praxis Holdings, an off-shore property fund who have no interest in 'Salford' or the local shops, only sweating as much money out if it (the land) as possible. I can only assume the operate the centre and this campaign under the name 'Salford Estates' to garner some kinf of local support/feeling If you read the leaflet they posted through your door as I did, the last paragraph stated how they wanted to force Tesco to sell the land, so they can buy it and guess what, build a superstore! The is another 'company' called "Salford Estates (No2) Ltd" that has bought a simlar shopping precinct/centre up in Peterlee, County Durham, where, guess what, they're planning to build a 86,000 square foot superstore!
 
Steve Middleton wrote
at 07:47:34 on 22 October 2010
Mybad. I meant Cllr Heywood, not Taylor.
 
Winston wrote
at 07:47:24 on 22 October 2010
You are now IN Tescoland
 
TescoMetroShopper wrote
at 19:30:03 on 21 October 2010
Hmmm, Salford Estate haven't exactly been truthful. They start by claiming the that the 98,000 sq ft proposal by Tesco is 3 and a 1/2 times bigger than the 45,000 sq ft Morrisons in Eccles... err, you do the maths... Second they claim Tesco want to keep Pendleton way open, when in fact Tesco have stated time and time again they are in favour of it closing. Lastly they claim that the entrance to the store is too far away so it doesn't integrate with the precinct, yet if you compare Tesco's plans with Salford Estates, the entrances are both about the same distance from the precinct, except Salford Estates have turned the store arounf by 45 degrees so it lines up with the front of the precinct as opposed to being at an angle. So, if Pendleton way is closed can, someone tell me how a store of the same size, in the same location but turned by 45 degrees have a different impact to one thats not turned by 45 degrees? Lastly this proposal has only come about as Tesco and Salford Council tried to get a 'joined up' plan with the previous owners but the previous owners didn't want to know so Tesco carried on without them. Now the new owners want a bit of the action. No actually they want all the action, they want (by using the court, costing Salford Council lots of money) to force the land to be sold to them so they can develop their plan (a superstore 3 and half times the size or Morrisons in Eccles, using their maths) and make money. The rest is scaremongering so we'll support there devious money making scheme (over Tesco's world dominating money making scheme...)
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 19:24:18 on 21 October 2010
In answer to Steve Middletons question as to where Cllr Taylor was today, she is NOT on planning don't you know that.
 
Steve Middleton wrote
at 17:12:38 on 21 October 2010
While I don't object to a decent and large-size foodstore on the derelict site, it was clear before we even walked in the room that planning was going to be granted to Tesco. Knowing that, Tesco put the absolute minimum forward in terms of helping the local community and becoming part of it. A paltry £250,000 in Section 106 money? It should have been 3 times that - even Cllr Antrobus (who was on planning) said it should be more that was offered. The decision should have been deferred so that Tesco could come back with a modified plan, we would have welcomed Tesco with open arms into our community. Now it just feels like we've got a huge, horrible box of a building and a store operator that couldn't give a stuff about the hundreds of people who will lose their jobs across the road in Salford Precinct. The Labour members I can understand (for they are whipped in every decision, if they are not, they are de-selected as Cllr Joe Murphy has found to his cost this week, but did the Tory councillors vote for? How did Cllr K Garrido vote? I was very disappointed that Cllr Taylor was not there today - but I assume she had something else that couldn't be cancelled. I do wonder what her decision would have been...
 
Outsider wrote
at 17:11:43 on 21 October 2010
Bottom line, it will be the locals who chose between shopping at Tesco or the local stores in the shopping centre. If people choose to shop at Tesco over the local shops this is not Tesco fault, this is mearly people voting with their feet. The people opposing this project are clearly trying to deprive people of choice and freedom of where to shop
 
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