The final stage of a controversial plan to set up a Tesco store on the site of a pub in Pakefield, near Lowestoft, is set to be completed next week –despite a wave of protest from residents who strongly object to the scheme.

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On Tuesday an application by Tesco Stores Ltd to extend the Tramway Hotel in London Road to create a fourth store for the Lowestoft area will be voted on by Waveney District Council.

In a blow to the thousands of people who say the creation of a Tesco Express at the Victorian pub will affect other shops and pose traffic problems, the council’s development control committee has been told the two single-storey rear extensions should be approved.

The recommendations by Waveney planning officers come after another blow for anti-Tesco campaigners last month when it was ruled Tesco did not need change of use planning permission to convert the pub into a store, which will create 20 jobs.

Ahead of Tuesday’s night meeting at the town hall from 6pm, the campaign group Pakefield Opposed to Tesco (POT) has urged residents to attend the committee to try to persuade councillors to vote against the extensions plans.

Bob Blizzard, chairman of POT, said: “We want as many people as possible to come to the town hall to press elected councillors to back local people and to turn down the application.”

A planning report to Tuesday’s committee sets out the large amount of objections sent in to the council about Tesco’s plans.

It says: “The application has received strong opposition from the local community. At the time of 
writing 214 people have written in with their views, 208 objected, four made comments and one was in support.

“A petition signed by around 2,500 members of the public was submitted asking Waveney District Council to refuse the planning application to turn the Tramway Hotel premises into a Tesco Express store.”

The report says the Suffolk Preservation Society objects and says the plan will be “harmful” to the building, while the Victorian Society said the “process of conversion will inevitably result in the loss of a large proportion on the building’s historic interest and special significance”.

But the report recommends the committee vote in favour of the extensions as they “are considered to be acceptable in their appearance and character”.

14 comments

  • My main concern is the traffic. At present there is no right turn from Pakefield Street on to London Road, and limited right turning from Stradbroke Road. Also, the bus stop outside the Tramway is already a hazard when more than one vehicle arrives. Imagine the chaos when people start to park at the bus stop to just "dive in" for a quick purchase. Also Florence Road will see traffic exiting completely against the current management system, and that includes delivery lorries. I think councillors and officers must be made personally accountable for the accidents that will almost certainly happen as a result.

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    Anthony Gower

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Will gain 20 jobs from Tesco, but lose 40 jobs from the Spar next door, the Co-op opposite and the bakers and florists across the road. Ridiculous to let a big multi national put local businesses out of business

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    DaveG

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • How does Anthony Carroll (assuming he has written the headline) know that "Protest over fourth Tesco store for Lowestoft area unlikely to stop go-ahead"? Who has briefed him? Or is this actually an opinion piece masquerading as news?

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    point du jour

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Tesco just don't care about anyone except their own greed & selfish pursuit of a shopping monopoly. Commmunities, buisineses & suppliers all over the country have been devestated & ignored by their overweening arrogance & power. They are just big bullies with no care for the consequences. When WDC opposed the Gunton development, after losing the first objection, WDC couldn't afford to compete further with Tesco's legal budget. Promises to avoid the loss of ancient trees were not kept either. People need to see through their properganda & double speak, & appreciate that most Pakefield folk don't want this change & cherish the existing shops there, particularly the Co-op & Spar.

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    Frank

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • I do have to chuckle to myself somewhat at the 'well-founded' objections and the unbalanced prejudice against Tescos, but nothing but praise for Spar and Co-op. With regards to traffic, how do you think Spar and Co-op get deliveries? Same size lorries, stopping in the same place as the Tesco's ones would, yet no issues with those. I would speculate that a large amount of pedestrianstraffic would be local, those same people who currently travel to Spar and Co-op by what ever means, and who currently park in exactly the same places. If traffic and safety are a problem, then all businesses in the area are responsible as they all contribute equally in encouraging people to go there. If anything causes traffic issues its Co-op as they have no parking at all yet they aren't being accused of potentially causing accidents! All the guff about other stores going under is pure unfounded speculation. As Vinny quite rightly said, those few who object to it, and dont want to use it, DON'T USE IT! But don't stick your ore in and try and ruin it for those that do. Don't worry about co-op and Spar, they are big boys, if no one uses the Tesco as has been implied, then they wont see any fall in profits. At worst they will have to lower their prices to compete, which is not a bad thing and as for going under i highly doubt it, especially as Tescos is the smaller company compared to Spar worldwide. NIMBYism is a dirty thing and im ashamed some of my fellow neighbours and so bloody, stubborn minded and selfish to think they know what's best for the community. I want a Tesco, I have not seen one jot of evidence to suggest Tesco will do anything but cause healthy competition and another option for local residents who want to use it.

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    ollie

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • @Ollie, You are so wrong, Co-op has parking and its prices are not that high, infact some of its offers are better than Tesco or Asda. As to spar its a franchise so owned by an individual. been told that Spar will close day Tesco opens and I don't blame him as better to close than lose money slowly. Tesco already have more than 4 shops as the expensive "one stop" shops dotted around town are owned by them.

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    paul_the_softie

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Everyone moaning about this why moan. The co-op and spar will be fine if you all keep using them. Oh wait a minute the people protesting will no doubt be the first to use Tesco. So when it opens if it gets the go ahead don't use it Simples. Then the other shops will be fine. I live in Pakefield and welcome Tesco and hope it goes ahead but I guess I'm a minority. I do agree with Anthony Gower though regarding traffic issues especially when people don't like walking far.

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    vinny.p

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • @vinny.p - The many people expressing a view which is not the same as yours does not constitute "moaning". Objections to this Tesco Express store are well-founded and generally well-argued. Experience elsewhere demonstrates that many people who have opposed the store will not use it. What will happen is that people who do prefer Tesco will drive from elsewhere, thus exacerbating the traffic problems that Anthony Gower has explained. You have agreed with Anthony Gower that "people don't like walking far". Many customers in the Pakefield shops are people who are unable to walk far or have no personal transport. When the huge Tesco trucks are delivering (and they are permitted to park on double yellow lines to do so) it will be very difficult and dangerous to negotiate this area as a pedestrian, an alighting bus passenger or as a cyclist. Margins are very small in this kind of retail. If only 15% of local customers spend their money in Tesco instead of the other Pakefield shops they use at present, then those shops are at risk. In spite of their poor trading results announced today, Tesco can afford to sit this out until the competition disappears. kevin bacon's comment about WDC is spot on.

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    point du jour

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • @Ollie - if you had attended the meetings and read the information from those opposed to this, you would not demonstrate such singular ignorance of the views and needs of this local community. @vinny-p I would hardly call 2,500 signatures on a petition a load of "moaners" - in fact more people "voted" against Tesco coming to Pakefield than those who turned out to vote in the local elections - now that's democracy for you! There is a very busy Post Office in the Spar, which the Royal Mail plan to turn into a main branch as it rates it as so vital. If Tesco comes to Pakefield, they will use every trick in their book to undermine the other businesses, and if the Spar closed, so would the Post Office. So much for the rights of local people to choose how they want their area developed...another bit of smoke and mirrors from the government.

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    Dogberry

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Everyone moaning about this why moan. The co-op and spar will be fine if you all keep using them. Oh wait a minute the people protesting will no doubt be the first to use Tesco. So when it opens if it gets the go ahead don't use it Simples. Then the other shops will be fine. I live in Pakefield and welcome Tesco and hope it goes ahead but I guess I'm a minority. I do agree with Anthony Gower though regarding traffic issues especially when people don't like walking far.

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    vinny.p

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Just one point protesters and commentators alike need to bear in mind, the application relates to an extension of a building, not change of use to a retail unit and not an opportunity to permit or otherwise Tesco to take occupation. It would be illegal to refuse a planning application for an extension on the grounds that it will allow Tesco to open a store. The fact Tesco can re-use a failing pub is a permitted change which does not require planning permission and therefore WDC have no power to block this. They have tired various ways around it, but cannot block Tesco. It, of course, is not and should not be within the council's power to pick and choose which retailers they want and where, market forces dictate that and long may that continue. I'm afraid Bob and the protestors can be as focal as they want, but they are wasting their breath unless they have a legitimate planning argument against an extension. If by some miracle the council buckle and do not permit the application, then it will almost certainly be appealed and lost, costing the public purse more money. The protesters will be better served lobbying central government to try and get the planning laws changed if they feel that strongly.

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    Jay

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Ollie is obviously masqurading as a local. If he did live locally, he would know that the Co-op has planty of off street parking to the side of the shop where their delivery lorries park and still leave space for 4 or 5 customer cars.

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    DaveG

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Will WDC reflect the wishes of the people who elected it? If it does it will be a first.

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    kevin bacon

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Sorry guys, there's no stopping Tesco. Money trumps logic, fair-mindedness and community every time. Look at Sheringham.

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    Andrew Lawn

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

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