New look at Caister Tesco plans

A SECOND public exhibition will be held into plans to redevelop the Tesco store in Caister, nearly six months after a planning application was due to have been submitted.

Developer Tamsland was hoping to submit the proposals to build a new 50,000sq ft supermarket and state-of-the-art �1m village hall at the end of last summer, but it has since revised its plans to accommodate concerns raised at a previous public exhibition in November 2009.

The exhibition of the revised store layout will be at Caister Village Hall on February 25 between 10am and 6pm and February 26 from 10am to 2pm.

Over 150 residents visited the hall for the first exhibition to quiz parish councillors and Tamsland director Nick Wright about the proposals.

Concerns were raised about noise from delivery vehicles affecting neighbouring homes in Yarmouth Road and whether there would be sufficient drainage at the site.

The new store, which could be built with timber cladding, will occupy an area of grassland on the other side of the access road to the current supermarket and car park and behind Caister Youth Centre in Yarmouth Road.

The youth centre will be demolished and replaced with the new village hall while the existing Tesco will also be demolished and the car park extended to take up the former store’s site, creating parking capacity for 350 cars.

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The entrance to the new premises will face the access road, which will remain so customers travelling by car will have to cross the road to get to the supermarket.

The aim of the redevelopment is to provide wider aisles, a better range of groceries and household items and 100 extra jobs in addition to the store’s existing 140 staff.

The village hall, to be called the Caister Centre, will be bigger and more modern than the current Yarmouth Road hall and boast a 200-seater room for public meetings and entertainment, and an outdoor multi-use games area.

A dedicated parish council office and facilities for more than 30 village clubs and organisations will also be provided, along with a 68-space car park.

Tesco spokesman Louise Gosling said: “Our store in Caister is busy and popular, but customers tell us they want more choice.

“They don’t want to have to travel out of town to get the shopping they need. By providing a better range of groceries and household items, we believe we can keep them shopping locally, while offering them the service they deserve.”