A controversial bid by Tesco to remove its commitment to provide a new sports pitch in Sheringham has been approved by planning chiefs.

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The supermarket giant has agreed to pay £60,000 for the provision of additional sports facilities in Sheringham in lieu of the replacement pitch.

Tesco received permission to demolish a community centre and remove the adjacent playing pitch to a make way for a new supermarket in Cromer Road on the condition it provided a replacement community centre and sports pitch in Holway Road before demolition work began.

The new community centre is almost ready to be handed over but changes to the plans following discussion with Sheringham Town Council mean the space originally earmarked for the sports pitch has been used for overflow parking for the centre.

Tesco applied to North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) to delete the planning obligation to provide a replacement pitch and has instead offered to pay £60,000 towards the provision of sports facilities in Sheringham.

In the application to remove the playing pitch obligation, 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”.

The town council initially objected to removing the obligation but has now agreed to accept the money in lieu of the sports pitch on the condition it is paid before demolition work begins.

The town council will have three years to decided how to spend the cash. Options include a contribution to the floodlights at Sheringham High School and a contribution to improvements to the recreation ground off Weybourne Road.

NNDC received 23 objections to the variation of the planning condition, which included 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.

The application to amend it was approved by NNDC ‘s development committee on Thursday, December 13.

14 comments

  • The old allotment site perhaps????

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    nr26

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • going for the long con are they?

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    upminstertonorwich

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • So, basically the council has 3 years to drag it's heels, make it look like it's considering the problem, and then spend the £60,000 on something that probably won't be sports related.

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    upminstertonorwich

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Nice to see traitors are still being voted onto councils !.

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    "V"

    Friday, December 14, 2012

  • Same old names, same old Tesco propaganda. What has Sheringham actually got from the deal? A new fire station that is so badly built, it is leaking and the chance to buy a new Community Centre (it wasn't free, remember) with fewer facilities than the last one. If it wasn't so tragic, it would be funny.

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    Antsperoni

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • Tesco did not win anything here. Sheringham Town Council did. The fact that Tesco has provided money for sports in the town shows that they are more committed to sports than the town council. Which is worrying.

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    Callum Ringer

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • I don't understand why some people are saying Tesco did not win. Their original commitment to provide a sports pitch and community centre would have cost a lot more than £60,000, more like a quarter of a million. For Tesco it is win, win all the way to the bank. You Sheringham residents have been taken for suckers.

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    Derek Colman

    Friday, December 14, 2012

  • Please read this carefully people - it's what the Town Council want NOT Tesco. Tesco are just doing what they are asked to do.

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    samphirelover

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Let's hope the money is spent wisely on the younger generation of our great town...doubt it tho.new bowls green anyone?

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    Dre33dd

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • A bunch of unfit old men, mainly, made the decision that Sheringham does not need more sports facilities in an Olympic year, watch that money dissolve.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, December 14, 2012

  • Derek, Tesco would have happily built the sports pitch, and it was not they who wanted to remove it from the plans. It was the out of touch town council who wanted more car parking and toilets. For tesco to have to meet the new requirements set by the town council and still contribute this sum to sport in the town is a positive thing, however it should never have come to this in the first place. Bring on 2015, we need new councillors.

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    Callum Ringer

    Friday, December 14, 2012

  • For the people of Sheringham I sincerely hope this £60,000 doesn't just 'dissolve' into the council coffers over the next three years.

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    Overstrander

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • A trifling sum for the mighty Tesco, which I am sure the people of Sheringham will find doesn't go anywhere near far enough when it comes to paying for the new facilities that so many are hoping for. New community centre and sports pitch? You've been mugged.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • This is what the town council asked for and voted for 18 months ago. Tesco didn't 'win' - their original plan was to have one in it!

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    Jean Rathbone

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

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