A Public Inquiry was held on 7th February 2007 in Nailsea on a store application by agents for Tesco. The agents had appealed against non-determination of the application by the Council. Our case was that the 586 sq m was not wanted in the middle of a residential area, especially as Tesco had opened up a new supermarket about 10 minutes away a year or so earlier. We were concerned that it would cause noise and nuisance, and that it would be out of keeping with the area and spoil the amenity. The case was supported by the local Chamber of Commerce.
The application was originally turned down in 2006 by the North Somerset Central Area Committee and the Planning and Regulatory Committee, with superb support from the councillors (albeit against the council planning officers recommendations) but still the developers decided to go to appeal. Due to the size of protest (382 signature petition), refusal by the local council committees, the attendance of 150 people at a site meeting last July, 150 people attended the Public Inquiry on February 7th.
Unfortunately the Inquiry was won by Tesco's agents. Planning approval was granted for a Tesco One stop with barely a condition attached. It will be open from 6:00am to 11:00pm Monday to Saturday and 8:00 to 10:00pm on Sundays. There will also be no restrictions on numbers of deliveries per day or week. Most of the conditions campaigners wanted were deemed unenforceable by the inspector, such as numbers of deliveries and the size of delivery lorries.