Tesco falls short in homes masterplan

Plans for houses alongside Tesco have been refused.

Plans for houses alongside Tesco have been refused.

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A BID to build houses alongside a Tesco store has been thrown out by councillors.

Blackpool Council’s planning committee refused the application for five homes on land surrounding the store on Westcliffe Drive, Layton.

It was felt the scheme, which had been opposed by some nearby residents, was over-intensive.

However Tesco is expected to come back with a revised application in the future.

Planning chairman Coun David Owen said after the meeting: “The committee felt the principle of housing on the site was fine, but it was the design of the properties which concerned them.

“The application was for two bungalows and a terrace of three, and the feeling was that for such a prominent site they were rather modest properties.

“The feeling was the terrace ought to be reduced to two homes.

“It was the treatment of the site that members were worried about.

“But no doubt Tesco will be back with a further scheme and I am sure some form of development will eventually happen on that site.”

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The retailer converted the former Windmill Pub on the land into a Tesco Express after an application to demolish the pub and build a bigger store was thrown out by councillors in 2009.

The latest application was for two areas of land which are not in use at the moment, and would not have taken away from the 20 parking spaces currently provided for customers of Tesco Express.

The planning committee had been recommended to approve the application, after officers said “the principle of residential development at this location is considered to be acceptable.”

In 2009 Tesco applied to demolish the Windmill pub and build a new 1,363 square metre store in its place but 3,500 people, including traders and residents, signed a petition in protest.

In 2010 the company received permission to convert the pub instead.

Traders feared a larger store would have been damaging to the trade of other businesses in the area.

They welcomed moves to develop the rest of the site for housing because it would mean an end to the threat of a larger unit on the site once and for all.

But they also warned the application was over-intensive for the land.

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