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Tesco Express planned for Queen Elizabeth Street

After more than six months of local rumours, Tesco has finally submitted a planning application for its proposed Tesco Express store in Queen Elizabeth Street.

Tesco Express

The proposed store would occupy the former Lovage Indian restaurant on the corner of Curlew Street and the adjacent dental surgery.

Tesco does not need planning permission to turn the restaurant into a convenience store, but does require change of use consent for the dental surgery.

A separate planning application allowing the Oralon dental surgery to move from Unit 16 to Unit 2 of The Circle was approved last month.

This summer Riverside ward councillors Anood Al-Samerai, Eliza Mann and Hamish McCallum carried out an online survey about the proposed Tesco Express store.

The Lib Dem councillors say they had more than 400 responses, 80 per cent of them against the opening of the store.

Tesco claims that its new store – which would open daily 7am-11pm – would create more than 20 jobs.

• The consultation period on planning application 14/AP/4094 runs until 6 December.


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