Plans to build a 22,000 sq ft supermarket, café and multi-storey car park in the Corstorphine Conservation Area are about to be submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council. It will replace seven shops on the corner of St John’s Road and Manse Road, though it will have a substantially larger footprint than the current units. This is a major development in the heart of our community.
Residents protested against plans, already approved by Edinburgh Council, for a Tesco Metro that will be the third Tesco store in the area. Members of the Scottish Parliament and food writer Joanna Blythman joined residents and traders in opposing Tesco's plans.
In February 2009 Tesco submitted plans for a third Express store within one square mile in Edinburgh.
Many residents and traders fear the supermarket chain is swamping the neighbourhood, with an Express store on Leith Walk and a superstore on Broughton Road. A leaflet campaign was mounted against the move amid fears it will damage the strong mix of independent shops in the area.