Residents succesfully saw Tesco's plans for an Express store in Birchgrove withdrawn. Residents were concerned in particular about the impact the store would have on traffic and disruption in a residential area, and were worried that the impact will be similar to that of the nearby Whitchurch store. As there would be no change of landuse involved (the site was previously an off-license), there was no need for Tesco to obtain planning permission for the store, but its application was for minor alterations. The original application was withdrawn in July 2006. A new application was submitted shortly afterwards which was withdrawn in November 2006. 5,000 residents signed a petition against the store, 370 residents wrote to Sir Terry Leahy and 100 residents joined a public meeting on 3rd October.
Cardiff council’s planning committee today voted to go on a site visit to inspect the plans. The committee discussed whether to approve Tesco’s request to install a condenser, three air conditioning units, a replacement shop front and two internally illuminated fascia signs. But now the proposals have been deferred until the committee visit the Birchgrove site in December.