In 2006 Tesco announced plans for a new store on an ex-industrial site with listed buildings. Local residents and traders, worried about the impact a new store would have on the town centre and traffic, started a campaign to oppose the plans. In August 2009 a new application by Tesco was given outline planning permission for a store, car park and petrol station at the former Carpets of Worth factory site in Severn Road. Following a long and complicated process Tesco's plans were finally approved in October 2010.
Stourport on Severn, Worcestershire
Wyre Forest Councillors approved Tesco's application.
Tesco submitted a further detailed planning application to Wyre Forest District Council that if approved would allow it to proceed with development of a new supermarket in Stourport. The company has previously received two outline planning permissions from the council for two separate sets of plans for the former Carpets of Worth site.
The court of appeal ruled that the condition was "sufficiently clear and certain" and that the permission should stand.
The Midcounties Co-operative Limited asked the Court of Appeal to quash the planning permission granted by Wyre Forest District Council in May 2008 for a Tesco on the grounds that a condition limiting the retail floorspace is unclear.
The Co-op won the go-ahead to bring a new legal challenge to the grant of planning permission to Tesco. Appeal Court judge Lord Justice Dyson ruled that Midcounties Co-op has an arguable case, justifying a full appeal hearing on a date yet to be scheduled.
Claiming the decision to give the new store the go-ahead was flawed.
The application came back to the planning committee in May after new information was received that suggested the extra traffic could cause unacceptable levels of air pollution in Stourport town centre. But at a meeting on the 15th May the Planning Committee rejected the new evidence and re-approved the planning application.
Wyre Forest District Council Planning Committee approved Tesco's outline planning application. The Town Council also voted 10-2 in favour of the application.