Tesco superstore by Fratton Park starts to take shape

TAKING SHAPE An aerial view of the Tesco store in Fratton. Picture: Shaun Roster
TAKING SHAPE An aerial view of the Tesco store in Fratton. Picture: Shaun Roster

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THIS impressive aerial photo shows the steady progress made on a new Tesco superstore being built near Fratton Park.

Wood cladding has been going up on the south side of the building and steel structure work is well under way.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles granted planning permission for the 24-hour supermarket in September last year as he believed the scheme did not have ‘wider national impact’. It followed the decision by the city council’s planning committee to give the plans the green light.

Despite this, local traders gathered around 4,000 signatures against the effect of the store on business and the city’s road network. The store, which is expected to create up to 300 jobs, will go behind the Fratton end at the home of Pompey. The deal ensures the club will be given a seven-figure sum from Tesco developers Point Estates Ltd towards stadium improvements.