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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 May, 2003, 07:52 GMT 08:52 UK
City plan takes to the road
Former Vaux Brewery site
Tesco and Arc have different plans for the Tesco site

Plans for the future of the former Vaux brewery site in Sunderland are to go on tour around the city.

The city's regeneration company, Sunderland Arc, has put its plans for flats, offices, and a hotel on board a double decker bus, to help gauge local feedback.

In a long-running row, Arc wants to buy the 15-acre brewery site for its 280m development scheme.

However, the site is owned by Tesco, which is planning to build a hypermarket and 50m development.

Jonathan Bretherton, the Deputy Chief Executive of Sunderland Arc, said: "We are going to have a big white double-decker bus going round the city for a couple of weeks.

"We will be inviting people to come on the bus and see what we are proposing.

Mixed development

"This is a massive development in a key site in the city, and it is important that people buy in to what we are trying to do, and why we are trying to do it."

The Sunderland Arc regeneration company wants to create a 280m homes, leisure, and business complex on the former Vaux brewery site in the city centre.

But supermarket giant Tesco, which owns the Vaux site, wants to put a 50m superstore there as part of a mixed development.

Sunderland Arc has been trying to find an alternative site for Tesco to build its supermarket. Tesco has said that none of the sites offered to it so far have been suitable.

The superstore idea features a 80,000 sq ft hypermarket, a 20,000 sq ft car park, and associated apartments and offices.

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