Tesco details 'not available'

PUBLISHED: 08:58 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:44 15 June 2010

EAST Devon District Council is to defend its decision to refuse planning permission for a new Tesco store in Honiton.

EAST Devon District Council is to defend its decision to refuse planning permission for a new Tesco store in Honiton.Following news that Tesco has appealed against the decision, the council issued the following statement: "The reasons for refusal are substantive and the council would not have issued them if we did not believe we could defend them in an appeal situation."It is normal practice with a major development proposal to hold discussions before an application is submitted and such discussions are held on a strictly without prejudice basis. All the details of the proposals were not available to EDDC officers before submission of the applications. Neither did officers have the opportunity to consult in depth with interested parties at pre-application stage."However, it became clear that the submitted applications raised serious concerns not just with officers but with consultees, such as the County Highways Authority and the Highways Agency. Other issues, such as the retail impact of the scheme and design, together with the impact on local residents, have not been adequately addressed.

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