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Decision on Tesco store plan is delayed

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 28, 2012

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A DECISION on whether a Tesco store will be built in Looe has been deferred.

The application to build a store off Barbican Road was due to be decided at last month's strategic planning committee.

But it was delayed after Cornwall Council said more information was needed with regard to a housing scheme and its relationship with the northern boundary of the site.

A council spokesman said the developers were also providing more information about a proposed petrol station and jet wash, which are not included in the current description of the development.

Tesco said there are no amendments to the original application. A spokesman said: "We are very happy to assist the council and provide the information needed."

Looe town councillor Brian Galipeau has called for the application to be discussed by the town's planning committee so that further recommendations can be made.

He said: "We should bear in mind that we will now have not only another report which prefers a possible Polean site over the proposed Tesco site, but we also have the Cornwall Council reports.

"We will be well placed to make a more powerful recommendation," he said.

"While it is true the original consultation deadline has passed, there is no reason why we cannot submit a further paper – which I am fairly confident would be brought to the attention of the strategic planning committee," he added.

Cornwall Council could not say when the application would next be discussed by the committee.

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  • mcboing  |  December 29 2012, 2:52PM

    Does the "Cornwall Council reports" refer to independent planning consultant advice? How independent are they? I always regard such reports with an element of suspicion. From experience, he who pays the piper calls the tune. Ergo, what did Cornwall Council want the report to say? Incentive: more taxable revenue. Who are the clients of the planning consultant? Answer this last question and you will make quite a discovery.

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  • hearthome  |  December 28 2012, 10:56AM

    This story is not only inaccurate, but comes across pro-tescos. Is was not last month, it was this month on the 13th Dec. It was withdrawn by Cornwall council as the proposed site is landlocked and is in the worst location possible for a development of this size. Tescos comment is totally untrue and ficticious. They have been made to go back to drawing board due to their incompentance, and unscrupalous nature with their current planning application. I've noticed Brian Galipau who is only just a Town Councillor coming to the fore lately, perhaps he should comment on Councillor Kim Smith the benefit fraudster, who has set a very bad example on Looe, what happened to this story???

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  • josdave  |  December 28 2012, 9:07AM

    There are far too many supermarkets in the country and I hope the people of Looe turn this one down. It will do nothing for the town but help to make it more like every other town which is not a good thing.

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