'Maximum time' needed for appeal preparation

PUBLISHED: 08:29 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 15 June 2010

PROTESTORS were told about Tesco's appeal dates before Honiton Town Council, it has emerged.

PROTESTORS were told about Tesco's appeal dates before Honiton Town Council, it has emerged.The Planning Inspectorate is to hold the hearing in the council chamber at Knowle, Sidmouth, between November 11 and 14, but Honiton Town Council, which objected to the supermarket giant's plans to build an Extra store in Ottery Moor Lane, only found out when anti-store campaigners spread the word.Councillors were unimpressed when the matter was highlighted at their monthly meeting last week.Former mayor Councillor Vernon Whitlock proposed a letter, voicing councillors' concerns, be sent to Mark Williams, chief executive of East Devon District Council.Deputy mayor Councillor Vivienne Ash said Tesco's plan could have a big impact on the town and local people should have been given "maximum time" to prepare for the hearing.


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