Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Seaton Delaval, Northumberland

In 2012 campaigners in Seaton Delaval continued to oppose Tesco's attempt to turn the Victoria and Albert pub into a Tesco Express with a 2,420-name petition. The county council’s south east area planning committee voted unanimously to visit the site before making a decision on the application. The application was put on hold until then due to concerns over hazards posed by traffic coming around a blind bend on the main road between Seaton Delaval and Holywell.

In September the Planning Inspector dismissed the appeal concluding that i) the adverse highway safety implications of the scheme would be likely to be worse than would be the situation with the suggested ‘fall back position’ of the conversion of the pub without its extension ii) lack of safe and suitable access and iii) he could not be assured that the proposal does not conflict with the Framework and that it would not harm the promotion of competitive town centres in the area. Para 27 of the Framework states that where an application fails to satisfy the sequential test it should be refused.

United Kingdom
55° 4' 14.5272" N, 1° 31' 36.9408" W
Northumberland GB

Campaign Updates
Seaton Delaval, Northumberland

17 April 2015
Tesco scraps plans
1 July 2014
Tesco wins appeal

Having twice previously failed to convince Northumberland County Council of its extension plans. But now after appealing to the Planning Inspectorate for a second time it has been granted permission for the works it needs ahead of changing the tavern into a supermarket.

18 December 2012
Plans refused

The SE Development Management Committee of Northumberland Council rejected unanimously on grounds of road safety and opposition from the local community the application to install an ATM. A second application by Tesco for amended plans to make amendments to the building was taken off the agenda before the meeting as the committee had questions about the application.

7 November 2012
Tesco submit amended plans
17 September 2012
Appeal dismissed
2 April 2012
Tesco appeal against refusal
23 February 2012
Plans rejected

Northumberland County Council’s south east planning committee refused the plans on the grounds that they would lead to an increase in noise and traffic around an already-busy blind corner on the A192.