Cannock Chase Council

Tesco gets the go ahead in Rugeley

Published on Monday 7th February 2011

The Council has supported Tesco’s planning application for a new superstore next to the canal on the edge of Rugeley town centre.

The scheme will be a major boost to the centre, providing more choice of shopping facilities for the local community, enabling many more people to shop locally rather than travel out of the town. The scheme also includes additional new units for restaurant and leisure uses, together with a petrol filling station.

The planning application needed to be scrutinised by Government Office for the West Midlands (GOWM) for them to determine whether it accorded with national policy on major retail development. GOWM confirmed on Monday that it is satisfied for the Council to go ahead and issue the planning permission.
Councillor Pat Williams, Town Centre Regeneration Leader said "I am delighted with the Secretary of State's decision; we can now move the planning process forward. This is good news for Rugeley town and its residents, as it will offer more choice to shoppers. Hopefully it will bring more people into the town and increase business for all town centre retailers."

This is excellent news for Rugeley, with Tesco able to deliver the first major new investment in the town for over 25 years. Tesco and the Council will now agree the final details of improvements to access to the rest of the town, the canal and Towers Business Park for pedestrians and cyclists together with provision of new bus services."

Tony Fletcher - corporate affairs manager for Tesco commented "We are delighted that our plans have cleared the final hurdle and look forward to finalising the arrangements with the council. We hope to start on site later this year and will be working closely with the council, Job-Centre Plus, Remploy and the Shaw Trust to advertise and recruit locally for the new store. As this will be one of our regeneration partnership stores we will also be looking to give a period of priority for long-term local job-seekers."

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