The campaign against controversial plans for a new Tesco store in Pakefield was stepped up this week.

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The supermaket giant wants to turn the Tramway Hotel on London Road into a new Tesco Express store – prompting concerns that it would affect exiting businesses in the area.

In their fight against the plans, members of the Pakefield Opposed to Tesco campaign (POT) are canvassing the views of people living within 500m of the proposed store and asking them to put up “No Tesco at Tramway” posters in their windows.

They say Pakefield does not want or need the store – which would be the fourth Tesco in the Lowestoft area.

But as the campaign gathered pace this week, it emerged that the pub’s owner, Enterprise Inns, was still examining if it might be possible to carry out a “change of use” to turn the building into a Tesco Express without submitting a full planning application to Waveney District Council.

Bob Blizzard, who has been asked to become chairman of POT, said the survey and poster campaign was being carried out to test Tesco’s claim that its store would aim to serve an area within a 500m radius.

Mr Blizzard said: “We’ve hardly found anyone who wants Tesco at the Tramway.

“We have so far succeeded in pressing Waveney to insist that Tesco should apply for planning permission for change of use.

“If and when they do, we will present the results of our survey to councillors as evidence.

“All the indications are that the message to Tesco and councillors will be a resounding ‘no’.”

As previously reported, Waveney has classified the Tramway as premises with “mixed use” as a pub and hotel – meaning a planning application is needed to change it into a shop.

If it had been classified as a pub, a planning application would not have been needed.

Waveney has challenged Enterprise Inns to produce evidence showing why it does not consider the premises to be of mixed use.

It is understood the company is now seeking additional information on the pub’s status.

When asked about the anti-Tesco campaign, a Tesco spokesman said: “Our Express stores are exceptionally popular with customers and local communities. Our stores bring jobs for local people and an increase in trade for shopping areas”

8 comments

  • Ken, Spar is a franchise so not 100% national chain as you describe, And the tramways is not always empty, In fact the Fridays I have been there its been busy. But the main point is that a Tesco will effect the other 2 food stores and maybe even the bakery, The thing is Tesco will put silly prices till the other business close then hike them back up, Just like One-Stop (Tesco owned) and expensive. So rather than more jobs it will be less and a dead retail zone.

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    Rampy

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • Surley a local vote aimed at people living in the area asking them if they want it or not. The previous petitions where flawed as they where spread all over pakefield, ccolvlle and into oulton broad where poeple just voted against tesco on the grounds there tesco. Surley a local vote asking people living in the area that will be effected is the best and most reliable option to get the correct view from the public who will be effected. All enterprise inn's need to be looked into as they offered the site to Tesco and not Tesco after the site which seems to be ignored a lot of the time.

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    SIRWolfe

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • It would be a surprise if this development is stopped, Tesco are well experienced in getting what they want. Past events have shown they have a good legal team that knows just how far to go with planning law and how to win.

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    Port Watcher

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • I have to agree with Ken. I notice bob blizzard back on the scene where there is a camera. I know several people who live close to the tramways and they are all for the Tesco store. Infact they got asked to put a poster in their window and they refused and tore it up. I really hope Tesco gets the go ahead in pakefield and it will make the area even more competitive on prices which is a good thing.

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    vinny.p

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • It would be a surprise if this development is stopped, Tesco are well experienced in getting what they want. Past events have shown they have a good legal team that knows just how far to go with planning law and how to win.

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    Port Watcher

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Another outlet for neddy burgers and dobbin drumsticks has to be a good idea.

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    kevin bacon

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • I don't live in Pakefield, so can only comment as a casual observer. Ken Stevens is sadly mistaken if he thinks Tesco is cheaper than any other retailer. I use the store at north Lowestoft and assure you they are no cheaper. Tesco are a predatory organisation and will not be happy until they achieve national dominance of shoppers budgets - and then see what happens. Also, I think it a rather sour point to criticise Bob Blizzard for wanting to take a photo opportunity. His politics certainly aren't my brand, but I believe he has more compassion and concern for Lowestoft than the useless article we have at Westminster at the moment. Now he really is one for photo opportunities, but we rarely hear of him fighting the towns corner.

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    Jaydee

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • This news storey is appalling! I can't even see why it makes the news. Nor can I understand why locals get so concerned over the Tesco supermarket chain. Let’s examine the facts. Close by there is a Spar and a Co-Operative Food store - are these "local" corner-stores... No, they are national chains. Is the current use of the building benefitting to the local economy? No, it's always empty. At least Tesco will provide local work for local people. There seems no rationale behind the arguments listed on the WDC Planning Portal either. One objector states this will increase traffic and compromise the safety of school children at the nearby school – nonsense. It is one of the main roads passing through Lowestoft and besides, there is already a crossing point about 100 metres away. As I understand, you cannot object to development or planning application on moral grounds or through competition anyway – so these points serve no relevance. The survey of local people cannot have extended very far. I live within walking distance and, as well as many of my neighbours, support the proposed new store. I certainly won’t be backing the “POT” campaign.

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    Ken Stevens

    Friday, February 22, 2013

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