A planned 24-hour Tesco superstore at Fratton Park has been given the green light.
Despite objections about increased traffic, pollution and the impact on other businesses in the area, the development was approved at a Portsmouth City Council planning committee meeting today.
Planning committee member Councillor Hugh Mason said: ‘I don’t think any of us feel wholly comfortable with this but I think we recognise that it needs to go forward.’
Portsmouth Football Club director Ashley Brown said he was ‘very pleased’ with the decision, which paves the way for a future redevelopment of the Pompey’s football stadium.
He said: ‘From a Portsmouth Football Club perspective we’re very pleased.
‘We’re currently boxed in at Fratton Park, and this will give us the ability to expand in the future.’
The application was approved on the proviso that the city’s planning development officer retain an ability to amend conditions ‘where necessary’ in the future.
But Alex Bentley, who has a tailor shop on nearby Albert Road, said the development would mean devastation for independent traders.
The superstore will create 300 jobs and could be open as soon as next year.
The council’s recommendation will now go before The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, for final approval.