Save our Sheringham - Say NO to Tesco

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Sheringham Tesco inquiry to end today

A 10-day planning inquiry into Tesco's store scheme at Sheringham draws to a close today. It will see all the main parties involved summing up their cases in front of government-appointed inspector Christina Downes, who will then announce her decision in six to eight weeks' time.

The outcome will be a far-reaching one for Sheringham, along with surrounding towns and villages, where public opinion has been vehemently split over the “pros and cons” of the store plan.

Tesco, which is appealing against North Norfolk District Council's refusal of their plans, say their 1,500 sq m store will stop people heading out of Sheringham to do their weekly shop and will bring more spin-off trade to the existing town centre.

Opponents, including town and district councils, traders and a campaign group, say it is too big, in the wrong place, and will suck trade out of the centre harming its vitality, as well as causing traffic congestion on the main coast road.

During the inquiry all the sides have outlined their cases, and cross-examined each other in painstaking detail, and a day and evening were set aside so local people could also air their views.
One of the key issues is whether the decision should reflect the emerging new planning blueprint for Sheringham which advocates a smaller 750 sq m store as more in tune with its needs.