Tesco's bid to double the size of its store in Burham-on-Sea has been turned down
by the Dept. of Communities and Local Govt. planning inspector. The proposal was 'called in' by the Government Office of the South West because it contradicted the council's planning policy. The local council leader said
"From experience, it would seem that when an application of this size gets to government level an inspector will normally stick to planning law rather than listen to local views." In this case over 6,000 people signed a petition in favour of the extension.
So, is it good that the Govt stuck to planning law or bad that they ignored local opinion?