Tesco try again for expansion

TESCO are hoping that a bid to expand their Salterton Road store will be successful at the second time of asking. The supermarket giant this week resubmitted an application to district planners, hoping East Devon District Council will re-evaluate their decision following the withdrawal of plans for an ASDA superstore.

TESCO are hoping that a bid to expand their Salterton Road store will be successful - at the second time of asking.The supermarket giant this week resubmitted an application to district planners, hoping East Devon District Council will re-evaluate their decision following the withdrawal of plans for an Asda superstore.The plans, identical to those filed in 2008, had been rejected when EDDC's head of planning, Kate Little, advised that more out-of-town shopping had the 'potential to damage the town centre'.Tesco want to extend the store to 49,000 square feet, create 135 new jobs, build a cafe, refit the toilets, add disabled parking spaces, a new recycling facility and add new pedestrian and cycle networks.Following the decision, they appealed - and an appeal date was set for the end of May and the start of June.But then Asda pulled the plug on plans to develop a store on the estuary - leading Tesco spokesman Melanie Chiswell to say they felt the 'time was now right' to resubmit the application:"This application is an identical copy of the one submitted by Tesco to the district council last year," said Ms Chiswell."It incorporates all the changes made to Tesco's original proposal in response to the company's public consultation (where 72 per cent of respondents supported the plans.)"She said the 'rationale' was to give the council 'the opportunity to make a decision, which has always been Tesco's preferred route to pave the way for negotiation'.She added that 'it was always preferred' by Tesco to avoid the appeal process because it would save 'money on both sides'.The plans, if successful, would also likely require the moving of the filling station and a new Glenorchy United Reformed Church.Town manager Tony Collins said: "My view is the same as last year - if it creates jobs and boosts the town's economy, I can't object to it."I'm looking forward to working and speaking with Tesco to see how they can support the town centre.


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