Tesco to fight developer over Liverpool store

Tesco has launched a legal challenge against a decision to prevent the supermarket giant building a store on a site already earmarked for a major regeneration scheme in Liverpool.

Tesco lost a planning appeal in December for its proposal to build a store and covered market on the Project Jennifer site, an initiative intended to comprise new homes, community facilities, shops and a supermarket.
Liverpool City Council and developer St Modwen, backers of the regeneration scheme, had hoped to begin construction by this summer, but Tesco’s application for a judicial review has again delayed progress.

The issue is complicated further by the fact that Tesco owns 1.6ha  of Project Jennifer’s 18ha site, meaning a compulsory purchase order would have to be served once a judicial review has been carried out.

The retailer was originally approached about being part of the regeneration scheme, but it failed to reach an agreement with the developers and submitted an application for a standalone store instead. Supermarket rival Sainsbury’s has since joined the development.

Executive member for assets and development at Liverpool City Council Peter Millea said: "We are very disappointed that a company which has such a good track record of investing in Liverpool should put its commercial interests in the way of one of the city’s most important regeneration projects.

"Tesco had the opportunity over many years to be part of this and chose not to. Sainsbury’s has stepped in to do what Tesco would not."

A spokesman for Tesco said the company felt that Project Jennifer was unviable. "We feel our scheme is viable, deliverable and would create hundreds of jobs in the local area. Other developers are free to promote their own schemes as well," he said.

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