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.