Plans for new Edinburgh Tesco store in Leith despite previous objections

New plans have been submitted to the council.
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Plans for a new Tesco supermarket have been submitted to Edinburgh Council despite a previous application on the same site facing opposition from locals.

The popular supermarket chain has sought permission to turn 58-66 Queen Charlotte Street, a former motorbike showroom, into a Tesco Express. A previous change of use application from the firm was submitted to the council in February but was scrapped in April after locals complained there were already “too many” in the area.

Now new plans have been submitted following nearly 50 objections of the original proposal. The new supermarket will add to the current three Tesco Express offerings and one superstore in the area.

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As written within the planning and retail statement submitted to the council, Tesco has identified that Queen Charlotte Street and the surrounding area has a lack of top-up shops. The new supermarket is intended to serve local residents within approximately a 10-minute walk of the area.

The site at Queen Charlotte Street is a former showroom which ceased trading in 2012 and has lain vacant since.

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The planning statement adds: "Tesco propose to occupy the premises at 58-66 Queen Charlotte Street for use as a Class 1A retail store selling convenience goods. These proposals comprise the change of use of the unit, together with associated changes to the elevations, installation of plant to the rear and amendments to the existing car park.

"The floorspace of the proposed retail unit totals 325 sq.m gross. This will comprise a net sales area of 236sqm and a back of house area of 89sqm (including storage, staff areas etc). The retail unit will sell a range of convenience retail goods to meet local shopping needs. Tesco will employ c.15-20staff in full and part time positions.

"The existing vehicular access onto Queen Charlotte Street will be widened to allow 2-way vehicle movements into and out of the car park. The car park will be slightly amended to provide a total of 10 spaces - five spaces within the Tesco demise (with 1 disabled space) and 5 spaces for the upper floor offices. The office spaces will be controlled with dropped bollards to ensure they are used by employees only. Parking for 3 bicycles will also be provided adjacent to the site entrance.

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"The surrounding area is residential in nature, although there are a variety of other uses in close proximity. To the west of the site at 44 Queen Charlotte Street lies an early 19th century, 3-storey and attic category C Listed corner tenement block with restaurant at ground floor. A police station is located opposite the premises on Queen Charlotte Street. Additional commercial uses (comprising bars, restaurants, cafes and a news agency etc) are located along Constitution Street/Baltic Place."