Councillors approve plans for Tesco and Marks & Spencer development

THE PLANS for the development of Mill Street, including two superstores, have been approved by Ceredigion’s planning committee.

The multi-million pound development will feature a Tesco and a Marks and Spencer, as well as multi-storey car park. To facilitate the development, a number of buildings, including a day centre and homes in Glyndwr Road will have to be demolished.

One of the twelve homes which face demolition under the proposals is owned by Enid Jones, 57, the only resident who refused to sell. The council voted to issue a compulsory purchase order for her home, but the final decision is to be made by the Welsh government.

Despite 71 objections, the plans were approved by Ceredigion’s planning committee by 19 votes to one.

A committee report said “the proposal in question looks to meet economic needs by the provision of two retail stores which will look to employ 295 full-time equivalent jobs generating approximately £2.95m in wages for the local economy.”

The development is expected to bring 280 full-time equivalent jobs to the town and the Council will be working closely with developer Chelverton Freely to deliver recruitment for the long-term unemployed as part of the construction workforce as well as creating apprenticeships.

The scheme will also include 550 car parking spaces, almost all of which will be free of charge for up to three hours, and the proximity of the car park to the exisiting town centre is expected to bring in an additional net turnover of £1.6m – £3.5m for local businesses.

Ceredigion Council has said that the development could be open by December 2016.