Tesco planning new town Timpson pod

Tesco has submitted plans to Daventry District Council (DDC) for a new ‘pod’ store situated in its existing car park area.

The new unit would be located 10 metres from the store entrance on a paved area.

The store would offer a range of Timpson services, including dry cleaning, shoe repairs, key cutting and watch repairs, as well as creating one new job.

But Cllr Chris Over, who represents Abbey South, criticised the plans in a submission to DDC, saying a new Timpson store would have a damaging effect on the town’s existing High Street stores.

He said: “This application would appear to be at odds with our regeneration agenda, the efforts of this council, indeed council’s across the country, to reinvigorate our High Streets, promote diversity, and the role of small and medium enterprises and the independent sector. These services are already available in the town.

He added: “This doesn’t seem to me like good news.

“Large stores like Tesco have merit in them, but they can’t have everything their own way. Tesco seems like it wishes to gather all the businesses and services in Daventry to it like a mother hen.”

Mr Over added there are also concerns over security, and the proposed unit’s proximity to Daventry town’s conservation area.

Tesco’s Design and Access statement states: “The desire to provide a Timpson Pod at the Tesco site is part of Timpson Ltd’s current business plan to increase its portfolio nationwide.

“It currently has many such pods in similar locations across the UK.”

The statement goes on to say the car park will not be affected by the new store.