Tesco takes back plan

PUBLISHED: 16:43 11 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:17 24 May 2010

CONTROVERSIAL plans to double the size of Clevedon's Tesco have been withdrawn after a team of consultants said it would damage other

CONTROVERSIAL plans to double the size of Clevedon's Tesco have been withdrawn after a team of consultants said it would damage other retailers.The supermarket giant applied last September to build the huge new store to replace the current one in Kenn Road but the proposal has since attracted a flood of objection.Tesco is now expected to revise its plans and resubmit them to North Somerset Council later this year.The authority's planning chiefs had re-commended to councillors to turn the proposal down after scores of residents and traders objected to the plans, saying it could do irreversible damage to town centre shops.Expert independent consultants and surveyors Donaldsons were called in to examine the plans and came to the conclusion that if the store was built it would hit the town's traders badly.However, Tesco believes a new, bigger store is vital to stopping people travelling outside Clevedon to do their shopping and says if their planning application is not eventually given the go-ahead it will continue to lose trade to other areas.In Donaldsons' report it says the proposed facility would have an adverse impact on other food stores and suggested allowing Morrisons to expand instead would provide a healthier trading situation.Earlier this year, traders and residents had organised a petition against the plans and Woodspring MP Liam Fox had also registered his concern.The supermarket's planning application was due to be discussed at a meeting of North Somerset Council's north area committee this week, where a final verdict on the plans may have been decided.

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