By MARK BOGGIS
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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.
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.