Tesco check-out stadium?

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THERE is speculation over the future of a planned Wisbech retail park following a new application submitted to Fenland Council this week.

Planning consultants have written to the district council asking whether or not there will be a need for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) if Tesco and Cromwell Retail Park Ltd submit a planning application to build nine retail units on the supermarket site in Cromwell Road.

The application has prompted speculation that Tesco, which has long been wanting to expand the Wisbech store, will cross the road and build a new megastore on the former greyhound stadium - which is currently has planning permission for a retail park.

Cromwell Retail Park Ltd’s Jonathan Clogg refused to comment on the application by WYG Planning and Design for a formal screening opinion from Fenland planning officers on the need for an EIA.

He said there was a lot of speculation surrounding various sites in Wisbech and said his firm had been talking to a number of parties.

Mr Clogg said: “I can’t speculate what might happen in the future.”

A spokesman for Tesco said: “The Tesco store in Wisbech is popular with customers and is trading well.

“Tesco and Cromwell Retail Park Ltd are jointly considering the possibility of building nine independent business units on our existing site to offer a greater variety of service to shoppers in the area.”

However, the spokesman refused to be drawn on what would happen to the Tesco store should the plans for the new retail park go-ahead.