SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has won its battle to build a new store in Tattershall, following an appeal hearing held in September.
Fears the development will negatively impact retail businesses in the village and wipe out valuable parking spaces have been quashed by The Planning Inspectorate.
The appeal at Tattershall Village Hall attracted around 50 members of the public and was chaired by planning inspector Karen Ridge - appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
In an appeal decision announced on Friday, Miss Ridge went against the decision of East Lindsey District Council – who refused the application in April - by allowing the appeal and granting planning permission.
That means the building of a food store and mixed use corner building with associated access, servicing, car parking and landscaping will go ahead at 22 Market Place.
Chairman of ELDC’s Planning Committee, Coun Stephen Eyre, said: “The district council refused this planning application by Tesco because we felt the impact of the store would have an adverse effect on the other shops in the centre of Tattershall.
“It is always disappointing to lose an appeal because the decisions we make on planning applications are based on planning policy combined with our knowledge of the local area, something which often a Planning Inspector doesn’t have.”
In its defence, Tesco’s Rupert Warren argued the store will bring significant benefits to Tattershall and support services offered in the village.
Mr Warren also said and it would be good for Tattershall people to have a rival to the exisiting Haldanes supermarket.
He added that the loss of parking spaces amounts to only a seven per cent reduction in walking distance of the area and hinted car parking may be provided with the new store
Tim Waring of Haldanes described Tesco’s plan for a new store as ‘harmful’ to the village’s shopping centre and claimed the retail needs in the area had been over exaggerated by Tesco.
He said the local area can be satisfied by Haldanes – a store which employs 40 locals and could be extended.
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