POMPEY’S chief executive has backed plans to create a Tesco store at Fratton Park ahead of a decision over the scheme today.
Portsmouth City Council’s planning committee was due to decide this afternoon whether the 24-hour store should be given permission to go ahead.
As reported, if the plans are granted then the club will be given money by store applicants Point Estates towards the renovation of the stadium.
The club aims to rebuild the East Stands and extend the Fratton End with a view to having a 30,000 capacity stadium.
In a statement, Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin said: ‘We’re confident this scheme is good for the club and also good for the city as a whole, and we hope the committee will feel able to support it.’
It is estimated the store, earmarked to go behind the Fratton End, would create 300 new jobs and have an annual turnover of £55.71m.
Nearly 4,000 people have signed two petitions against the scheme. It is feared it will lead to traffic chaos and force independent traders to close. A survey shows city supermarkets could lose millions in sales.