Store rethinks after appeal rebuff

PUBLISHED: 05:20 14 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:52 24 May 2010

A SUPERMARKET giant will not confirm whether it will launch a High Court challenge to a Government inspector's decision to turn down its expansion plans for its Burnham store. Tesco's proposal to double in size has been turned down after a public inquiry

A SUPERMARKET giant will not confirm whether it will launch a High Court challenge to a Government inspector's decision to turn down its expansion plans for its Burnham store.Tesco's proposal to double in size has been turned down after a public inquiry on the grounds that it was not in the local plan, and that it could be detrimental to Highbridge town centre.The supermarket in Ben Travers Way can only appeal the decision if it takes the matter to the High Court.Tesco spokesman, Felix Gummer, said: "At the moment we are disappointed with the decision and we are still considering our options."We are looking forward very much to increasing our investment in the town centre, but sadly we are not going to be able to do that in the short term."It's too early to say what our plans are. We thought the expansion would be good for Burnham, but obviously our first commitment is to the people of Burnham and Highbridge."Tesco bosses applied for permission to expand saying the store had become too popular for its size. The company had agreed to hand over £260,000 to improve the Frank Foley Parkway if it was given planning permission and had won the support of Burnham and Highbridge Town Council.Now councillors are looking to Somerset County Council to finish off the road. Town council leader, Peter Clayton said: "It's quite a blow to know there's no money for Frank Foley Parkway and it's important we now pressure the county council to get the road completed.

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