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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Good news for Norwich

From the Norwich Evening News -
A supermarket giant has been criticised for wasting taxpayers money by submitting plans for a Tesco Express store for the third time.The proposal to build an Express store in Unthank Road, Norwich was thrown out by city planners yesterday on the grounds it would not be in keeping with the area.Adrian Ramsay, Green Party councillor for Nelson Ward has called on the company to give up trying and sell the land in the Golden Triangle so it can be put to a more appropriate use.He said: “I would challenge Tesco to publicly state they will not waste any more tax payers money by not submitting another application when they have had three rejected.“I would urge them to sell the site so it can be put to better use, such as for affordable housing.“It is clear from the reasons for rejection that the scale of store proposed by Tesco is just not possible “I am delighted that the planning committee has again rejected the application.“About 90 percent of residents who contacted me were against the plan. They were concerned about the number of lorries and the effect it would have had on independent businesses in the area.”The application for the former Arlington petrol station was the third by Tesco. The first in March 2005 and a second in March this year were both rejected. More than 130 people wrote to Norwich City Council to protest over the plans.But not everyone in the area is against having a supermarket on the site.Jeanne Webster from Woburn Street said: “The benefits to the entire community far outweigh any of the supposed difficulties.“There are many elderly people, people without cars, parents with young children and no cars, people who are time poor and people on low incomes who would benefit greatly from a Tesco store within easy walking distance.“I think it is wrong for such people to be denied the opportunity to shop locally at reasonable prices.“There are two chemists in the area, three newsagents and two betting shops. None of these have been overwhelmed by competition from the others.It is unknown whether the supermarket giant will submit another application. A spokesman for Tesco said: “We are disappointed with the decision as we believe the new plans would have provided shoppers in the local area with an improved convenience offer. We will now take time to reflect and consider our options.”