Mass of interest in new supermarket scheme

Discussing the proposed plans for a supermarket are l-r Dr John Lambert, and Susan Selby, both of Epworth.  Picture: Liz Mockler E1718LM
Discussing the proposed plans for a supermarket are l-r Dr John Lambert, and Susan Selby, both of Epworth. Picture: Liz Mockler E1718LM

Epworth folk teemed in to a long-awaited public consultation event that revealed plans for a new supermarket development in the town, and potentially 200 new jobs.

Form after form was filled in for the Tillbridge Group, the developers behind the scheme that also includes a new doctors’ surgery and retirement apartments, as residents filed their thoughts, support or strong opposition to the new proposals.

Opinion was clearly mixed as people of all ages packed the Imperial Hall over two days to view the plans for a 17,000 square feet supermarket, a doctor’s surgery and 39 retirement apartments, on the site of the relocated garden centre.

A 150-space car park would have a footpath to the High Street, and four executive houses are included on the fringes of the development.

Giles Walter, of Tillbridge Developments, admitted there had been mixed reactions to the scheme but said he was encouraged by the amount of apparent support.

Of the supermarket, he said: “We have aimed for a size that will enable people to do their weekly shop there easily, but it would be food only, with no clothes, no cafe, or additional services.”

The retirement apartments by McCarthy and Stone would be for sale, he added, and under the current proposal would be sited next to the doctors’ surgery at the southern end of the site, that would be accessed from Belton Road.

Mr Walter said all submissions on the proposals will now be taken in to consideration, and the whole process documented as action moves forward towards a formal planning application that has yet to be compiled for North Lincolnshire Council.