TESCO has submitted a new planning application to build a foodstore on the former Carpets of Worth factory site in Stourport.

The company had previously submitted a similar application but, due to non-determination, has been referred to appeal. The Inquiry is due to take place in early 2008.

The new application, similar to the previous one, is for a 25,865 sq ft foodstore with 317 car parking spaces, spaces for 16 cycles and a petrol filling station. Access will be from Severn Road with a pedestrian link to the town centre via Mitton Street.

In response to comments made from the previous application, two significant changes have been made. They include proposals for a landscape buffer zone and a wetlands feasibility study.

The landscape buffer zone will measure about 20 metres and will extend from the rear of the store towards the Store Lane residential area.

It will incorporate extensive planting with scenic landscaping. The wetlands feasibility study is introduced as part of a wider strategy to enhance the River Stour's ecological biodiversity.

Commenting on the new plans, Tesco's corporate affairs manager, Felix Gummer, said: "This latest application has evolved after extensive consultation with the local population. We now wish to continue this process.

"In addition to the many local features that are included in the plans, there is also the opportunity for a new bridge link and relief road alignment.

"It will not be possible to access the store directly from the other side of the river via the new link but this will reduce the traffic using Severn Road.

"Tesco has explored all options to extend its current premises but developing the site to bring forward a scheme that will offer the local population a modern large foodstore in this location is not an option.

"Thus, the company believes that to prevent people driving out of Stourport, the most realistic proposal is a new store in Severn Road."

Would you welcome a Tesco store in Stourport? E-mail clive.joyce@midlands.newsquest.co.uk to have your say.