Tesco bid rejected

PUBLISHED: 12:29 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:40 15 June 2010

EAST Devon District Council has refused to grant Tesco planning permission to relocate from Battishorne Way to Ottery Moor Lane. Three of the bid s four objectives, including the construction of a new Extra store, were formally turned down last week.

EAST Devon District Council has refused to grant Tesco planning permission to relocate from Battishorne Way to Ottery Moor Lane.

Three of the bid's four objectives, including the construction of a new Extra store, were formally turned down last week.

Refusal notices were issued to the store giant on Thursday.

The fourth plan, to relocate Hamblys agricultural firm from Bramble Hill, in Ottery Moor Lane, to Heathpark Industrial Estate, will be considered by the council in May.

The applications were expected to be considered in July, but a statement issued by the council on Thursday evening explained decisions were taken under officer-delegated powers, in consultation with the chairman of the Development Control Committee.

The council said Tesco had supplied insufficient evidence and information regarding the potential adverse retail impact on Honiton and the surrounding areas.

Other reasons given for refusal included loss of employment land in Ottery Moor Lane and concerns the proposed store could have an adverse impact on road networks in and around Honiton.

Even the scale and design of the new store came in for criticism.

The council said the building was "unacceptable" and that it would have an adverse impact on the townscape.

Protestors in Ottery Moor Lane were celebrating over the weekend. Their plight was set out in the council's list of reasons for refusal.

The council decided the "potential impact on local residents, through noise, light and pollution, is unacceptable".

Although promoted as one of the most eco-friendly supermarket concepts ever put forward in East Devon, Tesco's green credentials failed to impress.

The council says insufficient evidence was submitted by Tesco regarding sustainable building methods and potential for on-site energy generation.

The Mayor of Honiton, Councillor Vernon Whitlock, says East Devon District Council's decision to reject the new store is "very good news".

"Potential traffic problems were the major concern of local people," he said.

Protestors expect Tesco to appeal against the decisions.

They are urging residents to brace themselves for a third round of campaigning.

Read their full reaction on page 9.

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