Appeal over Tesco shop for village

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PLANS to be a small supermarket in a village are back on the agenda after a planning appeal was lodged.

Proposals to demolish the Globe Hotel, at the junction of the A45 and A5 in Weedon, and replace it with a store and flats, were rejected by Daventry District Council (DDC) in September.

But now the developers behind the scheme are asking planning inspectors to look again after appealing against the local decision.

Although it has never been officially revealed, it is widely understood that the store was to be a Tesco Express – something which worried many nearby village shops.

The original plans were objected to by Weedon Bec Parish Council.

Chairman Stuart Jacks said: “We will have to see if they’ve changed anything or added any more information before making a formal decision on the appeal.

“But before we objected to it on the basis that it was the wrong position for this type of thing.

“We already have a Post Office and a greengrocer in the village, not to mention the One Stop shop, and a Tesco Express would undoubtedly have a negative impact on these businesses.

“We’re not against development on this site, but not to the detriment of other people in the village.

“I would imagine that if nothing has changed the parish council would once again object to it, and I would hope that the planning inspectors would uphold Daventry District Council’s rejection.”

When it originally refused the application, DDC said eight parking places for six flats was not enough and that access in and out of the site was poor and could lead to danger with people using the crossroads.

They also pointed out that, without knowing the exact use, they could not judge the expected traffic flow in and out, or the requirement for parking spaces.

Weedon Bec Parish Council is likely to be discussing the appeal at its next meeting on Tuesday, January 10, which members of the public can attend.