Mar 30 2012 By Jenny Coombes
PEOPLE are likely to be consulted again about a possible Tesco supermarket at Hillingdon Circus.
Plans have already been submitted for the 3,000sq metre store at the junction of Long Lane and Western Avenue, but Hillingdon Council is poised to ask the public its views all over again.
The company has made changes to its transport assessment of the area, and so people living nearby and businesses will be invited to comment once more.
Traffic concerns formed the basis of some objections to the store. Ickenham Residents’ Association was among those who raised fears.
Chairman, Humphrey Tizzard, said: “They haven’t taken into account the congestion that is already there. Their modelling has also involved extending waiting times at the pedestrian crossings.
“At the moment they are far too long and people have complained. If you make the pedestrian crossing time too long people don’t obey the lights, and you have accidents.”
James Rodger, head of planning at Hillingdon Council, said: “We are waiting on a revised transport assessment from Tesco, and once this has been received we will be starting another consultation with residents and local businesses.”
When contacted by the Gazette, Tony Fletcher, corporate affairs manager for Tesco, said the council had not confirmed it wanted to consult but, if it did once it saw the amended transport assesment in the next week or so, Tesco would be happy to cooperate.
He added: “Traffic is a very important issue for many local people which is why we have worked with the council and community to find the right solution.
“Like any major project, this means our plans have continued to be refined in response to feedback.”
If approved, the site would have room for about 53 homes and a Premier Inn hotel. It neighbours a site being eyed by Morrisons, who have yet to submit plans for its store and a housing development, despite consultations in November.