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Newport Tesco Plans Take Another Step Forward

Plans for a supermarket giant to move into the heart of the Isle of Wight have been reinvigorated after posters were spotted in a shop window.

Tesco could open its sixth store on the Island in Newport — moving into the former BrightHouse building on the corner of High Street and St James’ Street.

Previously, Tesco had obtained permission to move into the former Laura Ashley store further down the High Street, opposite Central Stores.

Despite first gaining the permission in 2022, plans have stalled as the supermarket looked to also take over the H.Samuel jewellery store, which is still trading.

Plans have been now submitted by ROK Planning on behalf of Tesco to install signage on the BrightHouse building as well as air conditioning units and an access gate on St James’ Street.

The shop premises, next to JD Sports, has been empty for five years since BrightHouse moved out in February 2019.

A licensing application has also been submitted by the supermarket, seeking permission to sell alcohol there from 6am to midnight every day and to sell late night refreshments after 11pm.

You can view the plans, 24/00197/ADV and 24/00198/FUL, on the Isle of Wight Council’s planning register.

Comments can be submitted until March 15.

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