A supermarket will be key to a controversial new development in the south east to create 14,000 homes, predominantly on green-belt land.
A 65,000 sq ft store will anchor the town centre, said a spokesman for developer Colonnade. There would also be up to eight neighbourhood centres, each with its own convenience offerings.
The land, part of the Thames Gateway regeneration plan, is located in East Tilbury and Linford, in south Essex. However, residents have reacted angrily to the proposals, with protest suggestions including blocking off the A13.
Nonetheless, Asda and Sainsbury have both stated a potential interest. An Asda spokesman said the site would meet its criteria as it is under-
represented in the south east. “We would not go in as a standalone, but as a mixed use development. We’d adhere fully to the spirit of planning policy.”
Thamesgate, the consortium of companies, including Colonnade, behind the proposals, will submit its final planning application at the end of the year. “It’s too early to say who will take the supermarket spot, but we expect it to be one of the main chains,” said the Colonnade spokesman.