Tesco appeals new store decision

PUBLISHED: 08:57 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:44 15 June 2010

AS Honiton Town Council's planning committee sat down to listen, in detail, to the reasons why Tesco's relocation bid had been refused, the supermarket giant was preparing to announce it has appealed against the decision.

AS Honiton Town Council's planning committee sat down to listen, in detail, to the reasons why Tesco's relocation bid had been refused, the supermarket giant was preparing to announce it has appealed against the decision.Councillor Michael Teare, chairman of the committee, read out a long list of reasons for refusal - supplied by East Devon District Council.Councillor Ron Farnham said: "It beggars the question, with all those things, why did Tesco pursue the application in the first place?"The following day (Wednesday) Dan Bramwell, of Bramwell Associates, issued a statement on behalf of Tesco to confirm the company has appealed against East Devon District Council's ruling over plans to build a new Extra store in Ottery Moor Lane.Tesco claims there is little substance to the reasons given for refusal. "The application we submitted was accompanied by extensive supporting statements to explain our proposals for traffic, landscaping, lighting, noise, design and visual amenity amongst other things," said Mr Bramwell."To say that there is insufficient information and our reports do not address the various issues is in our opinion not a valid reason to refuse the application. "Furthermore, we had extensive discussions with council officers prior to submitting the application. There was no mention of many of the issues that were raised with us shortly before the application was refused under delegated powers. If we had been given more time to address these we could have overcome the vast majority of them." Mr Bramwell added: "We believe that the Ottery Moor Lane site is sequentially the most favourable for a new food store in the town. We are appealing so that an inspector can consider all the relevant facts prior to making an independent and informed decision on the planning merits of the application." Tesco is not appealing the decisions to refuse applications for the relocation of Goonvean and the future use for the existing store in Battishorne Way. The supermarket company hopes it can re-open discussions with EDDC officers to negotiate planning consents on these two sites in due course. The application to relocate Hamblys will be considered by the Development Control Committee early next month.

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