In 2009 revised plans for a Tesco Extra store on the site of the old B&Q in Short Street were given the go-ahead by the council’s cabinet. The proposed superstore was downsized and plans to build homes as part of the scheme were abandoned. Southend Council’s cabinet was being asked to agree the sale of council-owned land including the existing Focus site, to allow the scheme to proceed. Tesco already owned the B&Q site and could open a store, if planning permission was granted, whether the council sold the land or not, but wanted to buy the council land.
It undertook a public consultation in the summer of 2010 and submitted an application in February 2011. For further information please see a SKIPP press release, 1st June 2011 and an article in the Echo News, 5th September 2011.
In October Southend Council announced it was considering introducing residents’ permits in 13 streets surrounding the former B&Q store in Short Street. It has asked Tesco to consider creating an extra entrance to the new store through the roads.