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Traffic concerns about Selby supermarket plan
CONCERNS about increased traffic levels could spell further delays before plans to create a major new supermarket in Selby can go ahead, new documents have shown.
A scheme to demolish and expand the Tesco store in Portholme Road was first announced by the supermarket chain in 2011, with plans to move on to the site of the former Selby District Council civic centre, which the council sold to the company for £2.5 million.
In April, the company applied for more time to begin construction of the new store, which could bring 100 jobs to the area, two years after planning permission was granted in 2011.
A decision on the extension is expected within weeks.
However, Tim Coyne, senior transport and development engineer with North Yorkshire County Council, has said the delayed plans would not be acceptable to the authority.
In documents lodged with Selby District Council, he said: “I have sought further advice from our solicitor and our position hasn’t changed. Irrespective of size of store it is still considered there will be an unacceptable impact on the junction without improvements and Tesco haven’t provided any updated information to rebut this.
“The fact is that traffic patterns may have changed since 2009 and a junction improvement scheme doesn’t exist. It is now clear to us that a Section 106 contribution to improve the Portholme Road/Park Street junction, as required on the original application, will be insufficient to adequately mitigate the highway impacts of the proposal.”
Mr Coyne’s letter to Tesco said the plans would “have unacceptable highway impacts” without works suggested by the council, which had not yet been addressed by the company.
A second letter from Mr Coyne said: “The application previously approved, included a contribution through a Section 106 for improvements at the Park Street/Bawtry Road/Portholme Road/Station Road crossroads to mitigate capacity.
“It is not considered that signalisation will have sufficient benefit to allow the junction to operate within capacity at peak times.”
Tesco has previously told The Press: “We remain committed to improving our offer in Selby and to giving customers in Selby the best shopping experience we can.”