Tesco plans for Pakefield store receive setback
20:10 12 August 2014
The long-running controversy over whether Tesco should set up a fourth store for the Lowestoft area took a dramatic twist tonight after councillors sided with residents opposed to the plans.
Tesco wants to create a Tesco Express store and 20 jobs by converting the Tramway Hotel, which has six accommodation rooms on its first floor, in London Road in Pakfield.
Waveney District Council’s development control committee approved a certificate of lawful existing use application submitted by Eric Peak on behalf of the campaign group Pakefield Opposing Tesco (POT).
The committee agreed with POT’s argument that the Tramway Hotel should be of mixed use as a pub and hotel - meaning Tesco will need to put in a full change of use planning application or seek a judicial review against tonight’s vote if it wants to go ahead with its plans.
The vote went against a council officers recommendation that the Tramway Hotel was just a pub and so Tesco did not need a planning application.
See tomorrow’s EDP and Friday’s Lowestoft Journal for a full report.