RESIDENTS have voiced their support as a planning application for a new supermarket has been approved.
A former garage and car sales plot in Eastney Road, Eastney, is to be transformed into a new Tesco Express store.
The ground floor of the current three-storey building will be revamped to house the shop, and an extension of the building into the current car park will also be built.
The application was supported by some residents in the hope that another convenience store would lower food prices in the area.
Paul Kemp, of Gritanwood Road, Eastney, said: ‘I drive to Tesco in Havant to do my weekly shopping as you have to pay for parking in the Tesco in town.
‘Therefore a Tesco in the immediate area to where I live would be brilliant, and it would encourage others in the local area to do more shopping in the Milton Road and Eastney Road area.
‘It would be great for the Co-op to have a bit of competition as well as the stock can be limited and over priced.’
Other residents welcomed the prospect of more choice when shopping for groceries.
Christine Ware, also of Gritanwood Road, Eastney, said: ‘I have lived in Eastney for 37 years and there was always a choice of grocers shops up to a few years ago. Now there is only the Co-op which has the monopoly to charge high prices because there are no other local shops.
‘As I am a pensioner, it would be lovely to have another shop close by to have a better choice and not have to travel to supermarkets.’
The application was approved by Portsmouth City Council’s planning committee with a number of conditions relating to the size and appearance of the store.
Deliveries and servicing was also restricted to between the hours of 7am and 11pm, and deliveries can only be made by vehicles up to 8.4m long.
Eastney and Craneswater councillor Terry Hall, who opposed the application, said: ‘I am happy that restrictions have been put in place, but I don’t think they go far enough.
‘It’s too small a site for such a large store in my opinion, and the delivery lorries will create a lot of noise.
‘A lot of people think it will help drive down prices in the area, but I don’t think it will produce that.’