Welwyn Garden City scheme 'A Tesco priority'

TESCO has vowed to press ahead with plans to regenerate part of WGC town centre – despite moves to dramatically scale back such projects. The supermarket giant has axed some 30 jobs in its property division. Trade publication Building – the construction i

TESCO has vowed to press ahead with plans to regenerate part of WGC town centre - despite moves to dramatically scale back such projects.

The supermarket giant has axed some 30 jobs in its property division.

Trade publication Building - the construction industry's bible - reported this had left a question mark over the future of mixed-use redevelopment schemes.

But this week a spokesman downplayed fears the �300m project to transform Broadwater Road West was under threat, saying Tesco remained "fully committed" to the plans.


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Corporate affairs manager Alex Trenchard said: "Spenhill is the regeneration arm of Tesco's property division.

"The restructuring that has taken place hasn't affected Spenhill."

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He said: "WGC is very much a priority scheme for us, we obviously have a strong corporate presence in the area and we remain committed to bringing forward a planning application in the summer."

Tesco's vision for the site - the former home of Shredded Wheat - includes a large central "piazza" containing cafes and bars, a swimming pool, a supermarket and about 1,100 homes.

Mr Trenchard also revealed a series of public exhibitions six weeks ago would be followed by more events for residents to give their views.

"We've been very encouraged by the feedback. We will now be using the information gained to feed into our preparations as we plan a series of public workshops next month.

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