Tesco already has a Tesco supermarket in Honiton but acquired a separate parcel of land, and plans to build a new, much larger store in the town. Residents weree concerned about the impact on traffic congestion and on the town's shops. Honiton currently has a thriving range of independent shops and retailers.
However, in April Tesco confirmed that it would appeal against East Devon District Council's ruling.
The Appeal hearing opened on 11th November 2008. On the 11th January 2009, the Planning Inspector dismissed Tesco's appeal, ruling that a new, larger store in Ottery Moor Lane to replace the existing one in Battishorne Way would destroy town centre shops. Parking and loss of industrial land for employment were also grounds for dismissing the appeal. To view the appeal decision please go to http://www.seaton.gb.net/docs/APPEAL%20DECISION.pdf.