LABOUR’S prospective parliamentary candidate for Waveney is calling on the district council to let local people have their say on plans to turn an historic pub into the Lowestoft area’s fourth Tesco store.

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Former Waveney MP Bob Blizzard is calling on Waveney District Council to allow locals to have their say by insisting that Tesco submits a planning application for a change of use if it wishes to convert the Tramway Hotel in Pakefield into a new Tesco Express foodstore.

Mr Blizzard said: “Tesco seems to be banking on not needing to submit a planning application for change of use. Planning law does allow the conversion of a pub to a foodstore without planning consent under ‘permitted development’ rules. But planning law also says, if it wishes, the council can suspend permitted development rights and insist on a planning application when a building of ‘historical or architectural significance’ is involved.

“A planning application would allow local people to have their say and a local referendum could be organised. I sense a strong feeling that people in Pakefield don’t want this proposed Tesco,” Mr Blizzard said.

8 comments

  • Why would the contact someone with no power to do anything? Why not contact their MP or councillors? Mr Blizzard just seems to get involved in things which will give him free publicity.

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    Tea&Biscuits

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Concerned small business owners in Pakefield contacted Mr Blizzard with their concerns, and as a result he's contributed his thoughts on the issue. I don't see how this is jumping on the bandwagon.

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    eastern_chap

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • Spot on Bob!

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    Dogberry

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

  • Wait a min its Mr bob Blizzard when there is something in the news he is there bit if yiu contact him he is nowhere to be seen. As for things will be different under Labour no they whouldn't. I'm a labour supporter but whoever is in power it would be no different. Anyway the people of waveney voted the torys in and now they moan about this. I don't mind if Tesco come to pakefield it will not affect the other stores as the prices will be the same and there is no objections from the coop so that says it all really so I guess its wait and see but I don't have a problem with it we will have more choice in pakefield.

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    vinny.p

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • @Tea&Biscuits - I should think that local businesses (and equally fed-up local residents) have contacted everyone who might be in a position to help or give useful advice. Bob Blizzard's view is very encouraging, and it would be great if this Tesco proposal could be stopped at the 'change of use' stage. This is likely to be tricky since the Development Control Committee will take advice on the legal position from the Planning Officers. On 3rd Nov a poster (728) on this subject on Lowestoft Online writes: "I spoke to the planning officer and apparently because of the coalition bringing in relaxed planning laws to "speed" up the process of businesses opening there is nothing stopping them changing the pub into a shop, only if they want to extend or alter the insides. He said they now have to grant the permission for change of use under new national law, meaning big businesses like Tesco are rubbing their hands." If this truly represents the stance of the Planning Department, objectors must try their utmost to stress the historical and architectural significance of The Tramway.

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    point du jour

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Didn't take Bob Blizzard long to jump on the bandwagon! He knows like the rest of us Tesco will do all they can to get their way. It's sadly inevitable. But anything to keep your election campaign going.

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    BlueRobin

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • Whats the point?. Tesco will lauch appeals and promise the earth and Woefull Dismal Council will cave in and let them do as they please. People dont like Tescos and they dont like windfarms yet the country is being covered with them,and things would be no different under labour.

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    kevin bacon

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • @kevin bacon - I enjoyed your 'Woeful Dismal etc" and agree that most District Councils do cave in. But just occasionally they don't, and Tesco are sent packing. It's always worth trying to stop something almost nobody wants.

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    point du jour

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

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