The council believes that the plan to create a new retail, leisure and housing parade from the train station to the harbour top, will benefit the present town centre.
But at Friday’s meeting, Coun Shelagh Finlay expressed concern on behalf of Bridlington Town Council that it would actually move trade away from the current town centre which would then cause it to fall further into decline.
She said that the creation of the Burlington Parade could lead to people simply parking in the Tesco car park and shopping on the new parade instead of walking the considerable distance to the existing town centre.
Mr Elvin QC responded by stating that the market in Bridlington has not expanded for over a decade, even when the country was going through a boom-time.
He added: “The market has simply not been able to deliver what Bridlington needs.”
A representative for Tesco, Michelle Bath, said that although the company does not disagree with the AAP’s objectives on the Burlington Parade, it did have some concerns about its flexibility.
The AAP dictates that Tesco moves from its present site to Hilderthorpe Coach Park, but Ms Bath pointed out that there was confusion about a strip of land to the north of the Coach Park currently owned by Network Rail which stands in the way of the development.
Mr Elvin QC said that negotiations with Network Rail were ‘ongoing’ and that it was anticipated that the land would be made available to Tesco.
Before breaking for lunch, members of the public had their chance to ask questions and one trader received a round of applause for his comments about Bridlington’s immediate need for more car-parking space, but Inspector Sian Worden said that this was an issue likely to be discussed at the Public Hearing later this year.