Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Torquay, Devon

In July 2011 Tesco unveiled plans for a 40,000sq ft store at Edginswell Business Park. But the development could face opposition from Torbay Council, with some Councillors fearing another out-of-town store could sound the death knell for Torquay town centre.

Residents in Lymington Road objected to plans for a new Tesco Express store. Tesco already had permission for change of use but needed permission for signs, a cash machine and air conditioning units. Matters were due to be decided by officers acting under delegated powers but, after some residents protested about the plans, all decisions were put to members in November 2008. Officers recommended approval of the installation of a cash machine and conditional approval of the signs, but permission for the condenser and air condition units was denied. The store opened in early February 2009.

United Kingdom
50° 27' 33.9372" N, 3° 30' 48.2544" W
Devon GB

Campaign Updates
Torquay, Devon

12 February 2015
Planning Inspector rejects plans

A government inspector rejected the supermarket giant’s plans for Edginswell business park after a public inquiry.Residents around the Edginswell area supported Torbay Council’s argument that a supermarket should be built in the town centre first before a Torquay gateway site. The inspector’s decision supports the council’s and community’s plans for high-quality office space on the site, as outlined in the new Local Plan and Torquay Gateway masterplan. 

15 January 2015
Tesco still pursuing store
16 October 2014
8-day public inquiry underway
9 October 2014
Objections to small supermarket in Wellswood
12 June 2014
Supermarket proposals presented to Councillors

But it could be another six months before further information is released because of confidential negotiations and a planning application being submitted.Torbay Council's preferred developer had been required to submit an application for the proposal for the Lymington Road car park behind the town hall earlier this year.

12 September 2013
Planning permission refused

Councillors said the scheme was too big, against planning rules and in the wrong place.The development management committee also decided building a 7,000 sq metre store in Edginswell would send the wrong message to visitors as they approached the gateway to the town.

21 June 2013
New application submitted
16 May 2013
Tesco confirms it will submit a new application

With a changed store design and alternative road layout for the Edginswell business park.

19 June 2012
Plans rejected

Torbay Council's development control committee refused the plans for a store in Edginswell because the full planning application does not comply with existing Local Plan policy, which says the land should be used for offices. The store would also 'have a negative impact' on existing food retail outlets.

3 April 2012
Tesco submits plans