Chance to run rule over Brixham's new design for £20m Tesco supermarket
THIS is how the new £20million Tesco supermarket planned for Brixham could look.
Developer Albourne Properties and Tesco want to build a mixed-use scheme on what is currently the central car park at the heart of the fishing port.
The proposals have split opinion in the town.
Following a public exhibition last December, the developers went back to the drawing board to improve the scheme's much criticised original design.
Richard Batham-Read, development director with Albourne Property, said: "The scheme design has changed significantly following extensive consultations with council officers and comments arising from the Design Review Panel.
"We went back to the drawing board in terms of the elevation treatment.
"The scheme is much more pleasing to the eye. There is now a break up in the elevation. There is a greater mix of material and we have tried to minimise the visual impact from a distance."
Mr Batham-Read said the entrance to the store had been completely reworked to create greater connectivity with the rest of the town and Fore Street in particular.
He said the public area at the front of the store would link well with Bank Lane then wrap round to Brewery Lane and into Fore Street.
He added: "There is a much improved entrance area. We have reconfigured the service yard where the bus stop is and created a single entrance and exit point so it does not conflict with pedestrians."
The scheme still includes a multi-level car park, supermarket, small unit shops, 11 town houses, three flats, a Shopmobility unit and public space.
The original plan included 300 car parking spaces and 32,000sq ft of retail space.
Opponents of the scheme claim it will turn Brixham into a cloned town and kill off independent shops.
Supporters believe it will create extra car parking spaces for the town, create 120 jobs and keep shoppers in the town.
The new designs were presented to Torbay Council's independent Design Review Panel and subsequently to an audience comprising members of Brixham Town Council, Brixham Employment and Regeneration Advisory Group and Brixham 21.
A presentation of the new design is being organised in Meeting Room One in the Town Hall today, tomorrow and Saturday and Monday.
Exhibition boards will be on display between 2pm and 5pm.
During Monday evening the developers will present the scheme to an audience comprising the Chamber of Trade, the Brixham Residents Against a Tesco Superstore group, the Town Council, BERAG, Brixham 21, the Neighbourhood Forum and Torbay Council. This is by invitation only.
Mr Batham-Read said he hoped to file a planning application with Torbay Council before Christmas.
If successful, work could start next spring and could last between 18 and 24 months.
Torbay Development Agency chief executive Steve Parrock confirmed the new plans have been presented to the Torbay Design Review Panel.
He said: "I think it is fair to say the original design was underwhelming. This new design is much-improved and I am sure when it is put to the public there will be a different perception of the development.
"There will always be those who say they don't want a supermarket in the town centre and I suspect that is a debate which will rage.
"But in terms of the design I am more confident it will pass the test."