Hanley Grange Withdrawn By Tesco

PUBLISHED: 17:04 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:34 31 May 2010

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has withdrawn Hanley Grange as a prospective eco-town. However, the controversial 6500-home development has not been completely abandoned. It will now go forwards as part of the East of England Plan, a government blueprint setting

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has withdrawn Hanley Grange as a prospective eco-town.

However, the controversial 6500-home development has not been completely abandoned. It will now go forwards as part of the East of England Plan, a government blueprint setting out the future of housing in the region.

Tesco corporate affairs manager Michael Kissman said: "We believe we put forward a strong proposal for an environmentally leading mixed-use development at Hanley Grange through the Government's eco-town initiative - combining housing, employment and cutting-edge environmental technology.

"However, we recognise that a proposal of this type has implications not only for the local area, but for the region. We also believe that a genuinely sustainable community stands the best chance of being delivered successfully if a broad range of stakeholders in the region feel that they have been fully engaged in the process leading up to a decision."

Mr Kissman denied that the move had been made to pre-empt a defeat at the next stage of the eco-town process, maintaining that after consideration it had been decided that the East of England Plan was a more appropriate approach with which to pursue the development.

Organised opposition group Stop Hanley Grange was delighted with the news.

Cllr Julie Redfern, chairman, said: "We are delighted that Tesco have seen sense and this is a victory for local democracy. Everyone has been united in their opposition to Hanley Grange and the response to our campaign has been amazing - thanks to everyone who gave us their support.

"Although Tesco now talk about the possibility of going through the proper channels, let's not forget that a proposal for a new town at Hinxton was made a few years ago and never made it through the planning process because the location is completely inappropriate."

Hanley Grange was one of 15 eco-towns that had been selected for consideration from an original list of almost 60. A 5000-home town at Elsenham is also on the shortlist, which will be finalised later this year.


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