Tesco bid moves forward as new railway footbridge is confirmed
PLANS for a new Tesco superstore in Bingham are a step closer to becoming reality.
Tesco first applied to Rushcliffe Borough Council in October 2010 for permission to build the store on land to the east of Chapel Street.
Councillors approved the decision in 2011 – subject to negotiations with Tesco about providing a footbridge across the railway at the level crossing in Moor Lane.
Now, two years on, the planning application is listed for discussion at a development control meeting at Rushcliffe Borough Council on Thursday.
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Councillors are expected to approve the full planning application once again, as well as the changes Tesco has made.
Work could start within the next four months.
A spokesman for Tesco said: "We are very pleased with the decision and look forward to working further with the council as we progress this store."
Under the amended plans, Network Rail has confirmed it is pursuing two separate schemes to provide a bridge and close the crossing at Moor Lane.
If the new bridge is not completed before the store opens, a footpath will be built between Moor Lane and the eastbound platform, and the Moor Lane crossing will be closed.
No date has been given for when work will start on site.
Objections to the scheme were originally made on grounds that the store would be too close to a level crossing and cause congestion.
There were also fears that the pedestrian crossing in Moor Lane would not cope with the number of people moving between the store and the town, and that the supermarket would take trade away from local businesses.
Councillor Maureen Stockwood, council chairman and a ward member for Bingham, backed the plan.
"There's enormous support for this proposal in Bingham," she said.
"The benefits it will bring are substantial.
"The first one is choice; it's new employment, it's more car parking, and, most importantly, the linkage of our thriving business area and developing area north of the railway."