Mansfield shopkeeper fears for future after Tesco One Shop plans announced

A SHOPKEEPER fears her family business will be ruined if a new retail outlet is built just yards from her newsagents in Mansfield.

Plans to build a new retail parade - expected to include a Tesco One Shop - as well as 11 residential properties and two other retail units on the site of the former Ma Hubbards Restaurant on Woodhouse Road have been submitted to Mansfield District Council.

But Jagdish Kaur, owner of Woodhouse News, is worried she will lose customers if the new development, submitted by Nottingham developers Regent Street Developments, is given the go ahead.

“This is going to kill my business if this goes ahead, there is no doubt about it,” she said.

“I’ve had this business for 22 years, work seven days a week from 5am to 9pm and have never had a holiday in this time - I will have no future if they build a Tesco there.

“How can I compete against them? They are a huge company and I am just a small business, I will have no chance against them.”

Several other residents in the area around Woodhouse Road and Birding Street have also raised concerned over the planning application which is set to go before the town’s planning chiefs in October.

Jill Lyons, of Woodhouse Road, has already had problems with rubbish from nearby takeaway shops being thrown in her garden and believes a new Tesco would be damaging for the neighbourhood.

“I already have a big problem with people chucking empty pizza boxes and takeaway remains into my property,” she said.

“If they build a Tesco Express this problem will get a lot worse and it could be open until three in the morning.”

Coun Joyce Bosnjak has also raised concerns in recent months about the development and believes it would have a negative impact on the area.

“I am concerned about the suitability of the junction (between Birding Street and Woodhouse Road) and how it will deal with increasing traffic on what is already a busy road,” said Coun Bosnjak.

“It will also create additional noise and litter problem for the community.”

An application for houses on the former Ma Hubbards site was given permission by Mansfield District Council in June 2008 but the application expired three months ago.

Charles Trafford, of Trafford Oliver, is marketing the site on behalf of Regent Street Developments.

“My clients recognised that this site has great potential and a development of this kind will really benefit the local community,” he said.

“It is really positive news that developers are prepared to invest in both commercial and residential developments in the area.

“The site and the now abandoned Ma Hubbards restaurant are derelict and there is a real opportunity to regenerate a site which has come to the end of its previous economic life.

“Not only will the retail units bring jobs to the area, but the development will also provide much needed housing.

“We have already confirmed a national convenience retailer as a tenant and I am confident that we won’t have problems finding others.

“The road is the main route linking Mansfield to Mansfield Woodhouse, and the retail outlets will benefit from plenty of passing traffic, as well as having the opportunity to serve the substantial local population.”