Braintree: One Stop wins appeal

Braintree: One Stop wins appeal

Braintree: One Stop wins appeal

First published in News

Taxpayers face paying thousands of pounds after a Tesco-owned shop chain won an appeal against Braintree Council.
The One Stop shop for the Inn on the Green in Coldnailhurst Avenue, Braintree, was given the go ahead on Monday after the planning inspectorate overturned a Braintree Council decision.

The company believed Braintree Council’s refusal of planning permission to make alterations to the building was unreasonable and demanded it pay the costs of appeal the decision.
The planning inspector R J Marshall found that Braintree Council’s “unreasonable behaviour” had resulted in unnecessary costs.
Andy Thurston, owner of nearby newsagent Gemco, collected more than 2,000 signatures against the plans.
More than 200 objections were also lodged.

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9:52am Fri 11 Jan 13

BtreeDoorMen says...

Once again Land Banking Corp wins against public and local office opinion ..

This utterly disgusting decision by the Planning Inspectorate is typically indicative of money talking .... we do NOT need yet another Tesco store, outlet or monopoly indication in this town ...

2000 residents sign the petition and that's still not good enough?

What would constitute 'enough' public opinion?

'Boycott' springs to mind ....
Once again Land Banking Corp wins against public and local office opinion .. This utterly disgusting decision by the Planning Inspectorate is typically indicative of money talking .... we do NOT need yet another Tesco store, outlet or monopoly indication in this town ... 2000 residents sign the petition and that's still not good enough? What would constitute 'enough' public opinion? 'Boycott' springs to mind .... BtreeDoorMen
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11:03am Fri 11 Jan 13

ryanop says...

There maybe that many people opposed to it, but how many people are for it?

The small Gemco store is grimey and overpriced. The staff in there were not exactly welcoming when i last popped in there, trying to hurry me up because they wanted to close. The One Stop will have more choice, cheaper prices and more convenient as it will be open for longer (which is always helpful with a convenience store). It will employ more people, and it will get rid of the eyesore that is the boarded up and left to ruin Spread Eagle.

I don't get the reasoning that just because their business was there first, Gemco feel that they have the right to control who opens shops in the surrounding area.

So if you run out of milk at 7.30pm on a Sunday evening, will you boycott them? I doubt it.
There maybe that many people opposed to it, but how many people are for it? The small Gemco store is grimey and overpriced. The staff in there were not exactly welcoming when i last popped in there, trying to hurry me up because they wanted to close. The One Stop will have more choice, cheaper prices and more convenient as it will be open for longer (which is always helpful with a convenience store). It will employ more people, and it will get rid of the eyesore that is the boarded up and left to ruin Spread Eagle. I don't get the reasoning that just because their business was there first, Gemco feel that they have the right to control who opens shops in the surrounding area. So if you run out of milk at 7.30pm on a Sunday evening, will you boycott them? I doubt it. ryanop
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12:26pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Keep Essex Green says...

Braintree......if it's Green, it will be built on!
Braintree......if it's Green, it will be built on! Keep Essex Green
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2:02pm Fri 11 Jan 13

brain1 says...

What has Gemco ever done for the Area I live nearby but he has only ever complained about any thing the local people do to improve things.
Has he ever spoken with the carnival group to see if he can cooperate with them (I doubt it)
He complained about the Skate park but he never seems to turn away the children when they come and spend money.
He seems to have only thoughts of pound notes in front of his eyes.
What has Gemco ever done for the Area I live nearby but he has only ever complained about any thing the local people do to improve things. Has he ever spoken with the carnival group to see if he can cooperate with them (I doubt it) He complained about the Skate park but he never seems to turn away the children when they come and spend money. He seems to have only thoughts of pound notes in front of his eyes. brain1
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9:39pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Bit_Bytr says...

Pound notes? I know you lot like to live in the past but this is going back a bit too far, surely?!
Pound notes? I know you lot like to live in the past but this is going back a bit too far, surely?! Bit_Bytr
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2:01pm Mon 14 Jan 13

ryanop says...

Keep Essex Green wrote:
Braintree......if it's Green, it will be built on!
It's not green (perhaps a little bit of grass out the back), it is an old, dissused pub!

Now, I would love it if the pub was to be opened up again (my parents used to run it), but with the economy as it, that is never going to happen. So to use this land makes complete sense, and I can only see it benefiting the community.
[quote][p][bold]Keep Essex Green[/bold] wrote: Braintree......if it's Green, it will be built on![/p][/quote]It's not green (perhaps a little bit of grass out the back), it is an old, dissused pub! Now, I would love it if the pub was to be opened up again (my parents used to run it), but with the economy as it, that is never going to happen. So to use this land makes complete sense, and I can only see it benefiting the community. ryanop
  • Score: -1

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