On 16th January 2008, the City Council withdrew their report on the (2007) applications following a formal complaint by ourselves. As a result, they were not considered by the East Area Committee on 17th January 2008. [Read more detail …]
At this point, Tesco, who had been happy for the decisions to be taken on 17th January – well past the normal 8 week deadline for planning decisions – decided to bypass local democracy by appealing on the grounds of non-determination. This takes the decisions out of the hands of our local councillors and means they will be decided by the Planning Inspectorate, probably by Public Inquiry.
At the same time, Tesco lodged 3 new identical applications. These will now be decided by the East Area Committee on 6th March (venue not yet decided). The inference is clear; if approval is given, Tesco will withdraw their appeal.
Any objections submitted to the previous applications will be reported in the case officer’s report regarding the new applications. There is, therefore, no need for you to resubmit objections, unless you have new reasons to object. We will shortly be officially resubmitting the Campaign’s objections, possibly with some updates if found necessary.
We remain confident that our councillors will make the right decision, based on the very solid planning grounds we have given them.
We will update as soon as we have any more news or a confirmed venue for the 6th March.