Tesco supermarket plans finally set to go ahead at Anlaby Road site in west Hull
PLANS to build a new supermarket in Hull will go ahead, according to developers.
Supermarket giant Tesco was granted planning permission for the new store in west Hull two years ago.
Since then, work has been stalled due to plans needing to be changed to avoid damage to a major power cable that runs through the former Tradex site in Anlaby Road.
Councillor Alan Clark, who represents the Newington ward, said the development was in the hands of Tesco.
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"Planning permission for the site was granted over two years ago," he said. "Tesco then had three years to begin construction.
"Although the plans were approved and welcomed by residents, there were a number of issues that had to be addressed, including the underground power cable that ran through the site."
The cable also affected the nearby Amy Johnson housing development on the site of Hull City's former ground Boothferry Park.
Tesco confirmed the store will still go ahead.
However, a spokesman said dates have yet to be confirmed for the start of the work, although it would need to be within the year to meet the terms of the planning conditions.
The supermarket will create 330 jobs and also include a customer café, a recycling centre and space for four independent shops in the atrium.
Although the plans have been well supported, others have accused the supermarket giant of turning Hull into "Tesco Town".
There are already eight Tesco stores in Hull, including an Express store in Anlaby Road, a two-minute walk away from the proposed site, and the huge Tesco Extra Store in St Stephen's shopping centre, less than two miles away.
Council planning officers originally recommended refusal of the scheme, claiming it would hit trade in the area, but a planing committee subsequently approved the plans.
The report to councillors said the store would have "a significant effect on the role of the existing centre and draw trade from other district centres".
Officers said they also have concerns over possible traffic congestion in the area, despite proposals for a new traffic light- controlled junction at Anlaby Road and Boothferry Road.
A report, commissioned by Hull City Council in 2006 to help make planning decisions, was also cited as a reason for planning refusal.
The 80-page dossier by planning consultants Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners said the Tesco Extra in St Stephen's should be the last until 2021 at the earliest.
It took the view that even an influx of new shoppers would not justify another one for some time.