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'Tesco town' plans given go-ahead

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The plans are unlikely to go ahead if Tesco fails to buy land in Beith Street

Plans by the supermarket giant Tesco to build a huge development in Glasgow's west end have been given the go-ahead.

Proposals for the so-called 'Tesco town' in Partick include large retail premises and 873 flats.

Tesco already owns land in the area but would need to buy a plot from Glasgow Harbour Ltd for the plans to go ahead.

There has been considerable opposition to the development and campaigners voiced shock at the decision. Glasgow Harbour was unavailable for comment.

A two-week public inquiry was held earlier this year into Tesco's two sets of plans for a development near the bottom of Byres Road.

One was for 9,950 square metres of retail space, 653 student flats and 220 private flats, the other plan was for a stand-alone superstore.

Glasgow City Council has confirmed that the Reporter to the inquiry refused Tesco's appeal on the proposed stand-alone store but was "minded to approve" the proposal for the mixed use development.

However, unless the firm agrees a deal with Glasgow Harbour for land in Beith Street, the plans are unlikely to go ahead.

'Job reduction'

The harbour developer bought the land from the city council just last month.

It also wants to build a retail development on its land further west and has opposed the Tesco plan.

Gordon Bickerton, from the campaign group, Stop Tesco Owning Partick, said: "We are shocked because we felt we had good arguments against the plans going ahead.

"The site of the proposed development is on a road which is very busy, it's already congested and this would result in a lot more traffic.

"The retail developments that are already in the area negates the need for another supermarket.

"Tesco claims there will be hundreds of jobs created but this will be offset by job reductions in the local independent businesses that close."

He said there was also a lot of opposition to the plans among locals as well as backing from local politicians.

But he added that the fight against the development would continue, with another meeting being arranged to decide the way ahead.

A spokeswoman for Tesco said: "We are pleased that the Reporter has recognised the benefits associated with our mixed-use proposal and we would like to thank everybody who took the time to support our application."

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