Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

September 28, 2005
Seven month delay for Tesco inquiry 'astonishes' Burnham council leader

Tesco's plans to expand its Burnham-On-Sea store have been dealt another blow after it emerged that a full inquiry into the proposal will not get underway until May 2006.

Burnham-On-Sea Tesco supermarketPeter Clayton, Leader of Burnham and Highbridge Town Council and Chairman of the planning applications committee, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am astonished this application is going to take so long to be resolved."

"There have been many people for and against this expansion but I feel sorry for the applicants in this case."

"I think they have not been treated fairly and I will be asking questions as to why such an important matter is being put on the shelf for seven months."

"It was important for Tesco to have this matter resolved in the light of the proposed supermarket in Springfield Road. Both applications were heard on the same day and both were contrary to the Burnham area local plan, but in the case of the Tesco application the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has decided to take this one to a formal inquiry."

"As with most applications there could be planning gains and in this instance the planning gain could have been very significant for the town. If this application is successful or not I think it is unfair on everbody to be kept in limbo like this."

The date for the inquiry has been set for May 9th, 2006.

The latest twist in the ongoing saga comes after a meeting of the district council's Development and Control Committee was held in July, at which the decision to 'call in' the supermarket giant's plans and launch the inquiry was announced.

Earlier in the year, the supermarket giant bowed to pressure and made several concesssions to win the backing of planners. In March, the district council gave the proposal the nod and work was expected to start soon after.

When - and if - the store's expansion gets the go-ahead, it will get a substantial 2,368 square metrec extension, resulting in a new store measuring 4,817 square metres.

Tesco has already accepted a condition which would restrict durable goods such as clothing, electrical goods, toys, CDs, DVDs, videos, sports goods, kitchenware, household goods, and furniture to 25% of the total floorspace.

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