Tesco plans fail to win town support

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 March 2015


Supermarket giant Tesco’s plans for Budleigh have been opposed by town planners.

In the same week, a petition of more than 600 names against the national store was handed to district chiefs.

The proposed Tesco Express, at the former SM Prior and Son shop in Fore Street, is the subject of a planning application to fit an illuminated sign and window vinyls.

This has drawn objections from Budleigh Salterton Town Council, while the store has also been opposed by 640 people who signed a petition placed in town centre shops, organised by Budleigh residents Jennifer and Charles Wasson.

They said: “A store that is in direct competition to our already struggling small shops is not the way forward for this high street.

“We feel it is very important for the planning department to listen to the voice of the community and work to get High Street as the residents want.

“Independent shops are the lifeblood of a small high street and make this town attractive to visitors.

“We need to support these traders and recognise their value, and not grant permission to the competing giants.”

The petition has been sent to East Devon District Council, which will decide on the application.

Discussing the proposed signage at their meeting this week, town councillors voted to object.

They said it would be detrimental to the Budleigh conservation area and East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and would have a negative visual impact.

Councillor Dick Mitchell said: “I’m not very happy with projecting signs in the conservation area and AONB. We have been trying to keep projecting signs to a minimum.”

Tesco has said its plans would be good for the town and create jobs for local people.

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