Expanded Burnham Tesco 'to open in November' amid council concern
multi-million pound expansion of Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket
is set to be completed in mid-November, it has been confirmed
this week, despite council concern about some of the new facilities.
supermarket giant told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the expanded store
is due to open to customers on November 12th.
will double in size and offer a wider food range, a new bakery
and fish counter, a new clothing area and pharmacy, plus an improved
store layout with wider aisles and more checkouts," said
spokeswoman Sophie Akokhia.
the news that the store is to include a pharmacy has sparked concern
among some town councillors, who say it was not part of the original
plans and will hurt the trade of existing chemists in Burnham
matter was raised at a Town Council Planning Applications Committee
this week, where it was confirmed that the council has written
to Sedgemoor District Council's planning department expressing
concern about the pharmacy.
Council Clerk Eileen Shaw stated: "I know that my council
objected to the inclusion of a pharmacy and that the report that
went to committee when this application was considered suggested
Tesco was not intending to include a pharmacy."
this week's meeting, a statement from Sedgemoor's planning case
officer Rob Morgan confirmed that Tesco appears to have changed
its decision not to have a pharmacy after the planning application
he added that Tesco has a clause within its application that allows
it to use up to 20 per cent of its floor space for non-food products,
so the chemist has been allocated to this space.
councillor Peter Burridge Clayton, who chaired the meeting, said:
"The district council has no objection, but we will be interested
to monitor the store's use of space as it develops."
supermarket is giving more than £300,000 of community funding
towards the regeneration of Burnham town centre to offset any
damage to traders.
The Burnham-On-Sea Tesco store under development this week and,
above, posters promoting the new pharmacy and new facilities