WORK on Burton’s new Tesco multi-million pound superstore will finally start after an agreement relating to access for Molson Coors vehicles was reached.
The Mail understands that the delay relates to lengthy legal negotiations between Tesco and the brewery giants, whose depot borders the Hawkins lane site.
Construction work would have meant the temporary closure of the commercial vehicles entrance to Coors’ brewery site.
The plans were originally approved by planners in April 2011.
Councillor Patricia Ackroyd, who represents Branston on East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: “There was a problem relating to access for Molson Coors, between them and Tesco. Molson Coors was worried about the effect (the closure) could have on its trade but now they have reached an amicable agreement and the development will be moving ahead.”
The earmarked land, bordering the main Derby to Birmingham railway line, was used for 25 years for the manufacture and storage of beer kegs for the town’s brewing industry by Alumasc Grundy. The scheme will include a 110,000 sq ft Tesco Extra superstore, filling station, service areas and parking for 636 vehicles.
A spokesman for Molson Coors said: “Molson Coors Brewing Company has been in discussion with Tesco in respect of the planned new Tesco site in Hawkins Lane.
“For Molson Coors, our discussions have only been about protecting our vehicles’ access from Hawkins Lane into its brewery site, otherwise it’s clearly a matter for Tesco.”
A borough council spokesman said: “Given the number of jobs that would be created by a new store, the council would like to see a positive outcome to the discussions between all the parties involved.”
Tesco was not available for comment.