BOSSES at Ashfield District Council are expected to throw out plans for a new Tesco store in Sutton amid fears it would encourage shoppers to go out of the town centre.
Members of the planning committee will meet tomorrow to discuss a proposal submitted by the retail giant for a new store on Station Road - which has been recommended for refusal.
The all-new development would be built on the current Homebase site and include a food store, petrol station, employment units and a new sports pitch with changing facilities, with access off Hardwick Lane.
Up to 400 new jobs for the area would be created if the plans went ahead.
But on Monday, a Tesco spokesman said the firm was ‘surprised and disappointed’ it had been recommended for refusal.
He said: “We think it’s excellent news for Sutton. We have got strong support from the local community and strong political support so we were quite surprised that it has be recommended for refusal.”
He added that the firm would invest heavily in both the sporting facilities as well as the town centre.
Meanwhile, traders at Sutton’s indoor market yesterday welcomed the council’s recommendation.
Alan Smith, from Steph’s Textiles, said: “I honestly think we do not need any more supermarkets.
“The town has been split up - Outram Street is a ghost town and the precinct has very little parking.
“To move trade out of Sutton town centre would be suicidal for all the shopkeepers.
“It is not going to bring customers into the town - it is going to put people out of business.”
He said the market was surviving because customers like the personal service offered by traders.
Alan Holmes, from Alan’s Family Butchers, said if a Tesco store were to be built, people ‘would not bother coming into town’.
He added: “We have got a big Asda, which is huge competition for this town. I think the council is correct on this occasion.”