Supermarket giant Tesco to fight council decisions

Supermarket giant Tesco to fight council decisions

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Nicola Hine

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Supermarket giant Tesco to fight council decisions

Tesco has launched an appeal against the planning rejections standing in the way of it opening an Express store in the Golden Harp in Maidenhead.

The supermarket has had 10 applications to make material changes to the pub in Furze Platt Road turned down by the Royal Borough this year.

They were submitted in two sets of five with the first group rejected by Maidenhead development control panel in March.

Tesco went back to the drawing board and came back with five similar applications, which the panel threw out at a meeting on June 5.

The appeal relates to the first five applications, which included plans to install signage and a new shop front.

A hearing date has not yet been set.

The council also faces a public inquiry over the panel's refusal to grant permission to allow a second retailer to move in to the Tesco Express site in Bath Road, Castle Hill.

The supermarket was hoping to allow Majestic Wine Warehouse to set up a store there.

An inquiry is more expensive form of appeal for the council to fight.

Cllr Derek Wilson, chairman of the panel, said he was disappointed to learn of Tesco's decisions but did not wish to comment further on the public inquiry at this stage as the case is 'quasi-judicial'.

He added residents can make representations over the Golden Harp and attend the appeal hearing.

Visit www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/dc_planning_appeals.htm for details.

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