A controversial bid by Tesco to remove its commitment to provide a new sports pitch in Sheringham will be decided on Thursday.

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North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) has received 23 letters of objection to the bid to delete the planning obligation, which insists that a new facility is in place before the pitch behind Sheringham Community Centre on Cromer Road is removed.

The pledge to replace the pitch was part of the deal that will see Tesco build a supermarket on Cromer Road - and provide a replacement fire station opposite and a community centre on Holway Road.

The new centre is almost ready to be handed over - paving the way for demolition work to begin on the old fire station, Lockerbie flats and the existing community centre.

In the application to remove the playing pitch obligation, which will be heard by NNDC’s development committee, Tesco said the amendment reflected the “express requirements of the town council”, which had “made it clear that there was no longer a community need or requirement for a playing pitch”.

There is now uncertainty about that aspect, with officers set to update members at the meeting on the latest views of Sheringham Town Council.

The report outlined a number of objections to the change, including that Tesco should be “held to account”, that sports facilities were needed in the town, that there were six youth football teams without a pitch, and that the move looked wrong in the year of the Olympics.

10 comments

  • It's just the norm with developers reneging on their promises, it happens on most developments, it shouldn't but it does.

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    Old Long Balls

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Hugh, I fail to see the relevance of your point. the fact is, if the town council can only attract 1% from there consultations, they are frankly, doing an awful job at engaging with the community they claim to represent. The fact that 100% of those who contacted nndc ahead of the decision shows the council are a million miles out of touch.

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    Callum Ringer

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • As I have pointed out on other articles which this has been raised, the finger of blame should NOT be pointed at Tesco, but at Sheringham Town Council whose poor excuse for a consultation, which if I recall, gained the views of approx 1% of the towns population, brought about this turn of evens.

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    Callum Ringer

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • It seems by one way or another Tescos usually achieve their desire when they require a new site... Offering special benefits to the community or just wear down the council ... They have not built their empire on just hope and kindness... No matter how long or what it takes they usually get their way...they have the power.

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    Lionel

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Every little hurts.

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    Tufty

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • If there are 23 objections to the removal of the supermarkets contracted application aims, with many more being fed up how the council has played the fiddle over this, then these objections should count as much as the few miserable objections that held up the skate park. They made this commitment in this Olympic year and they should be held to it.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • When was the consultation?? Can we get a crazy golf course?

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    Dre33dd

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Callum, Sadly there are a few people on both sides of the old Tesco debate, who wish to keep it going. Sheringham Town Council can not be blamed for the low turnout, they did hold a consultation which I read about in the North Norfolk News, 23 letters of objection is about 0.25% of the towns population.

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    Hugh

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Why did Sheringham Town Council "unanimously" approve a community centre with no sports pitch in the plan last July if now they are saying they did not want a community centre with no sports pitch? Why did it take EIGHTEEN months for them to mention that there was an issue? I have little issue with whatever the conclusion tomorrow but this is quite clearly a stalling technique.

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    Jean Rathbone

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Tesco` discounting all ready!

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    BG

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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