11:02AM, Friday 13 December 2013
Campaigners battling to stop Tesco converting The Golden Harp into a convenience store are celebrating their latest 'victory' in the fight for their pub back.
The store has been denied permission to install hardstanding which would have provided entrance to the shop's car park from Furze Platt Road.
This is following a planning appeal hearing held on Thursday, October 17, at Maidenhead Town Hall.
The decision was made by a planning inspector on the grounds that the increased traffic would prove detrimental to road safety.
Furze Platt Action Group (FPAG), which has been fighting to stop the store opening since Tesco bought the building in 2012, is delighted by the decision believing it will cause Tesco a considerable setback.
Chairman of FPAG Mark Newcombe said: "We are not quite sure how its going to work without the hardstanding."
"I wonder if the store will be profitable enough?" added Mark who thinks the proposed shop could be forced to sacrifice its car park and that restrictions would be caused for larger delivery vehicles.
There is a second access point in Courthouse Road.
He added: "All in all we are going to take it as a victory. I am really optimistic."
Tesco's other applications for an outdoor refrigeration facility, signage and bollards have been permitted.
A spokesman for Tesco said: "We are pleased with the result of the appeal and are now able to move forward with our plans."
Tesco says it will update the community once it has a clearer timetable for starting work.
FPAG will continue to persuade the company to scupper the plans.
The group is hoping increase signatures on its petition entitled 'Boycott the Store' which has so far been signed by 1,500 people and is due to be sent to Tesco.
W Tesco does not require change of use planning consent for the building and the submitted plans are for lower-level changes.