Tesco's new store moves a step closer despite safety fears

Braintree and Witham Times: Tesco's new store moves a step closer despite safety fears Tesco's new store moves a step closer despite safety fears

A supermarket chain has moved a step closer to opening a fourth store in the Braintree area after plans for a new shopfront and service yard were given the green light.

Tesco already has large stores at Marks Farm, Braintree, in Market Place, Braintree, and in Great Notley, while a smaller Tesco Express store now looks set to open in place of the former Kings Head pub in Coggeshall Road, Braintree.

Braintree Council has now approved the chain’s latest planning application - for a new shopfront, service yard and canopy at the site.

Applications for an extension to the building, external alterations and new signage had already been approved.

More than 400 people signed a petition against the new store, compiled by Vallipuram Vaseeharan, owner of the Jubilee Oak Express in nearby Cressing Road.

In it, concerns were expressed about loss of earnings for existing shops.

At last week’s meeting, fears were also raised about traffic, given the site is located near an already busy junction.

Although many committee members sympathised, they saw no policy reasons to object and the plans were approved.

Tesco expect the new store to open in the autumn.

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3:44pm Tue 27 May 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Competition breeds innovation and that will only serve to force Vaseeharanto provide better service, a cleaner environment and engage in more aggressive pricing strategy in order to stay in business. That in turn provides the consumer with greater options and lower prices. It is the capitalist model upon which our economy is predicated and is proven to work worldwide (within certain parameters, of course).

Stop bloody moaning and get with the damned program. It's a dog eat dog world out there and the government is NOT there to shield you from fair and reasonable competition. If it's better'n you - you're done. Nice try but move on.

Next!
Competition breeds innovation and that will only serve to force Vaseeharanto provide better service, a cleaner environment and engage in more aggressive pricing strategy in order to stay in business. That in turn provides the consumer with greater options and lower prices. It is the capitalist model upon which our economy is predicated and is proven to work worldwide (within certain parameters, of course). Stop bloody moaning and get with the damned program. It's a dog eat dog world out there and the government is NOT there to shield you from fair and reasonable competition. If it's better'n you - you're done. Nice try but move on. Next! /@|_|@\
  • Score: -5

4:43pm Tue 27 May 14

keith_l says...

So why doesn't the same apply to Sainsburys proposed new store in Braintree, or Morrissons extension in Witham?
So why doesn't the same apply to Sainsburys proposed new store in Braintree, or Morrissons extension in Witham? keith_l
  • Score: 16

4:53pm Tue 27 May 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Well, I do believe that sets the scene for some interesting comments if ever anything did - does it not?

Bring it on girls and boys, lets hear your views on this little saga.

Could make for some quite interesting reading!
Well, I do believe that sets the scene for some interesting comments if ever anything did - does it not? Bring it on girls and boys, lets hear your views on this little saga. Could make for some quite interesting reading! OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 8

5:28pm Tue 27 May 14

/@|_|@\ says...

keith_l wrote:
So why doesn't the same apply to Sainsburys proposed new store in Braintree, or Morrissons extension in Witham?
SImple: it does.
[quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: So why doesn't the same apply to Sainsburys proposed new store in Braintree, or Morrissons extension in Witham?[/p][/quote]SImple: it does. /@|_|@\
  • Score: -7

5:30pm Tue 27 May 14

/@|_|@\ says...

OMPITA wrote:
Well, I do believe that sets the scene for some interesting comments if ever anything did - does it not?

Bring it on girls and boys, lets hear your views on this little saga.

Could make for some quite interesting reading!
;-P There's not much gets past you is there?
[quote][p][bold]OMPITA [Intl][/bold] wrote: Well, I do believe that sets the scene for some interesting comments if ever anything did - does it not? Bring it on girls and boys, lets hear your views on this little saga. Could make for some quite interesting reading![/p][/quote];-P There's not much gets past you is there? /@|_|@\
  • Score: -9

5:46pm Tue 27 May 14

YNWAIE says...

Ok so I thought the only reason Tescos was able to set up shop was because they didn't need said planning permission to change use from pub to shop...now it appears they have had approval for extension etc YET again someone from Tescos is scratching someone's back in planning...now to watch Sainsburys fail in their final attempt to bring 400 jobs in
Ok so I thought the only reason Tescos was able to set up shop was because they didn't need said planning permission to change use from pub to shop...now it appears they have had approval for extension etc YET again someone from Tescos is scratching someone's back in planning...now to watch Sainsburys fail in their final attempt to bring 400 jobs in YNWAIE
  • Score: 9

6:19pm Tue 27 May 14

Hunter Gatherer says...

/@|_|@\ wrote:
keith_l wrote:
So why doesn't the same apply to Sainsburys proposed new store in Braintree, or Morrissons extension in Witham?
SImple: it does.
If only they did.
Look at past history.

Tesco has BDC in it,s pocket.
[quote][p][bold]/@|_|@\[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: So why doesn't the same apply to Sainsburys proposed new store in Braintree, or Morrissons extension in Witham?[/p][/quote]SImple: it does.[/p][/quote]If only they did. Look at past history. Tesco has BDC in it,s pocket. Hunter Gatherer
  • Score: 11

6:31pm Tue 27 May 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Hunter Gatherer wrote:
/@|_|@\ wrote:
keith_l wrote:
So why doesn't the same apply to Sainsburys proposed new store in Braintree, or Morrissons extension in Witham?
SImple: it does.
If only they did.
Look at past history.

Tesco has BDC in it,s pocket.
Unless you have something to back up that assertion I am going to say that it is anecdotal hogwash. This same tired old worn out accusation has been levied time and again at BDC and despite their protestations and others' explanations of the enormity and weight of the Tesco legal department, you still insist on thinking there are backhanders from Tesco to BDC. Rubbish. Tesco just does a (much) better job of finagling the local laws and statutes!

I once heard from a now-dead lawyer the following best quote: "The colour of justice is green".
[quote][p][bold]Hunter Gatherer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]/@|_|@\[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: So why doesn't the same apply to Sainsburys proposed new store in Braintree, or Morrissons extension in Witham?[/p][/quote]SImple: it does.[/p][/quote]If only they did. Look at past history. Tesco has BDC in it,s pocket.[/p][/quote]Unless you have something to back up that assertion I am going to say that it is anecdotal hogwash. This same tired old worn out accusation has been levied time and again at BDC and despite their protestations and others' explanations of the enormity and weight of the Tesco legal department, you still insist on thinking there are backhanders from Tesco to BDC. Rubbish. Tesco just does a (much) better job of finagling the local laws and statutes! I once heard from a now-dead lawyer the following best quote: "The colour of justice is green". /@|_|@\
  • Score: -8

8:27pm Tue 27 May 14

Hunter Gatherer says...

/@|_|@\ wrote:
Hunter Gatherer wrote:
/@|_|@\ wrote:
keith_l wrote:
So why doesn't the same apply to Sainsburys proposed new store in Braintree, or Morrissons extension in Witham?
SImple: it does.
If only they did.
Look at past history.

Tesco has BDC in it,s pocket.
Unless you have something to back up that assertion I am going to say that it is anecdotal hogwash. This same tired old worn out accusation has been levied time and again at BDC and despite their protestations and others' explanations of the enormity and weight of the Tesco legal department, you still insist on thinking there are backhanders from Tesco to BDC. Rubbish. Tesco just does a (much) better job of finagling the local laws and statutes!

I once heard from a now-dead lawyer the following best quote: "The colour of justice is green".
Sorry, but just interested to see a level playing field.
I can't comment if Tesco has a stronger legal dept
than other supermarkets which would make such
a difference in this district.

Living in Witham i tend to use Morrisons & Tesco but
don't have any particular interest to promote any of
these companies.
[quote][p][bold]/@|_|@\[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hunter Gatherer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]/@|_|@\[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: So why doesn't the same apply to Sainsburys proposed new store in Braintree, or Morrissons extension in Witham?[/p][/quote]SImple: it does.[/p][/quote]If only they did. Look at past history. Tesco has BDC in it,s pocket.[/p][/quote]Unless you have something to back up that assertion I am going to say that it is anecdotal hogwash. This same tired old worn out accusation has been levied time and again at BDC and despite their protestations and others' explanations of the enormity and weight of the Tesco legal department, you still insist on thinking there are backhanders from Tesco to BDC. Rubbish. Tesco just does a (much) better job of finagling the local laws and statutes! I once heard from a now-dead lawyer the following best quote: "The colour of justice is green".[/p][/quote]Sorry, but just interested to see a level playing field. I can't comment if Tesco has a stronger legal dept than other supermarkets which would make such a difference in this district. Living in Witham i tend to use Morrisons & Tesco but don't have any particular interest to promote any of these companies. Hunter Gatherer
  • Score: 4

8:31pm Tue 27 May 14

Slowtrain says...

/@|_|@\ wrote:
Competition breeds innovation and that will only serve to force Vaseeharanto provide better service, a cleaner environment and engage in more aggressive pricing strategy in order to stay in business. That in turn provides the consumer with greater options and lower prices. It is the capitalist model upon which our economy is predicated and is proven to work worldwide (within certain parameters, of course).

Stop bloody moaning and get with the damned program. It's a dog eat dog world out there and the government is NOT there to shield you from fair and reasonable competition. If it's better'n you - you're done. Nice try but move on.

Next!
Could not agree more, This is an opportunity for Royal Oak. People will be able to park at Tesco and use the post office. They spend too much time on the phone and only ever one member of staff working behind the PO counter. The place needs to cleaned and frontage smartened up. They will prosper as a post office and can sell products that the small Tesco will not.
[quote][p][bold]/@|_|@\[/bold] wrote: Competition breeds innovation and that will only serve to force Vaseeharanto provide better service, a cleaner environment and engage in more aggressive pricing strategy in order to stay in business. That in turn provides the consumer with greater options and lower prices. It is the capitalist model upon which our economy is predicated and is proven to work worldwide (within certain parameters, of course). Stop bloody moaning and get with the damned program. It's a dog eat dog world out there and the government is NOT there to shield you from fair and reasonable competition. If it's better'n you - you're done. Nice try but move on. Next![/p][/quote]Could not agree more, This is an opportunity for Royal Oak. People will be able to park at Tesco and use the post office. They spend too much time on the phone and only ever one member of staff working behind the PO counter. The place needs to cleaned and frontage smartened up. They will prosper as a post office and can sell products that the small Tesco will not. Slowtrain
  • Score: 6

8:57pm Tue 27 May 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Hunter Gatherer wrote:
/@|_|@\ wrote:
Hunter Gatherer wrote:
/@|_|@\ wrote:
keith_l wrote:
So why doesn't the same apply to Sainsburys proposed new store in Braintree, or Morrissons extension in Witham?
SImple: it does.
If only they did.
Look at past history.

Tesco has BDC in it,s pocket.
Unless you have something to back up that assertion I am going to say that it is anecdotal hogwash. This same tired old worn out accusation has been levied time and again at BDC and despite their protestations and others' explanations of the enormity and weight of the Tesco legal department, you still insist on thinking there are backhanders from Tesco to BDC. Rubbish. Tesco just does a (much) better job of finagling the local laws and statutes!

I once heard from a now-dead lawyer the following best quote: "The colour of justice is green".
Sorry, but just interested to see a level playing field.
I can't comment if Tesco has a stronger legal dept
than other supermarkets which would make such
a difference in this district.

Living in Witham i tend to use Morrisons & Tesco but
don't have any particular interest to promote any of
these companies.
I can agree with you one hundred percent on the level playing field concept but you out and out accused Tesco of back-room politics and underhanded (illegal) maneuvering to outsmart their competitors: that is patently untrue. and libelous.

I am happy to see Slowtrain to be someone in possession of a more open and informed opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Hunter Gatherer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]/@|_|@\[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hunter Gatherer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]/@|_|@\[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: So why doesn't the same apply to Sainsburys proposed new store in Braintree, or Morrissons extension in Witham?[/p][/quote]SImple: it does.[/p][/quote]If only they did. Look at past history. Tesco has BDC in it,s pocket.[/p][/quote]Unless you have something to back up that assertion I am going to say that it is anecdotal hogwash. This same tired old worn out accusation has been levied time and again at BDC and despite their protestations and others' explanations of the enormity and weight of the Tesco legal department, you still insist on thinking there are backhanders from Tesco to BDC. Rubbish. Tesco just does a (much) better job of finagling the local laws and statutes! I once heard from a now-dead lawyer the following best quote: "The colour of justice is green".[/p][/quote]Sorry, but just interested to see a level playing field. I can't comment if Tesco has a stronger legal dept than other supermarkets which would make such a difference in this district. Living in Witham i tend to use Morrisons & Tesco but don't have any particular interest to promote any of these companies.[/p][/quote]I can agree with you one hundred percent on the level playing field concept but you out and out accused Tesco of back-room politics and underhanded (illegal) maneuvering to outsmart their competitors: that is patently untrue. and libelous. I am happy to see Slowtrain to be someone in possession of a more open and informed opinion. /@|_|@\
  • Score: -4

9:27am Wed 28 May 14

keith_l says...

Here is one example of the double standards of BDC. I'm not saying that Tesco have done anything untoward to influence these decisions, just that the decisions are not consistent.

When BDC turned down Morrisons application for a store extension in Witham, the reason cited was that it would harm town centre trade, despite huge local support. The only store that would be affected by this would be Tescos, as the rest of the town centre is small specialist shops.

When Tesco applied for planning permission recently for a hand car wash, BDC ignored all of the comments including loss of parking spaces (which harms shops in the town centre) and unfair competion which harms other local car wash businesses, and granted the planning permission.
Here is one example of the double standards of BDC. I'm not saying that Tesco have done anything untoward to influence these decisions, just that the decisions are not consistent. When BDC turned down Morrisons application for a store extension in Witham, the reason cited was that it would harm town centre trade, despite huge local support. The only store that would be affected by this would be Tescos, as the rest of the town centre is small specialist shops. When Tesco applied for planning permission recently for a hand car wash, BDC ignored all of the comments including loss of parking spaces (which harms shops in the town centre) and unfair competion which harms other local car wash businesses, and granted the planning permission. keith_l
  • Score: 6

10:51am Wed 28 May 14

GrumpyGrampa says...

One does wonder with all the rather odd planning decisions made by BDC, if there is an unhealthy connection between BDC and Tesco.
One does wonder with all the rather odd planning decisions made by BDC, if there is an unhealthy connection between BDC and Tesco. GrumpyGrampa
  • Score: 5

12:34pm Wed 28 May 14

sKorch says...

keith_l wrote:
Here is one example of the double standards of BDC. I'm not saying that Tesco have done anything untoward to influence these decisions, just that the decisions are not consistent.

When BDC turned down Morrisons application for a store extension in Witham, the reason cited was that it would harm town centre trade, despite huge local support. The only store that would be affected by this would be Tescos, as the rest of the town centre is small specialist shops.

When Tesco applied for planning permission recently for a hand car wash, BDC ignored all of the comments including loss of parking spaces (which harms shops in the town centre) and unfair competion which harms other local car wash businesses, and granted the planning permission.
keith_I,
You may have forgotten that the permission for the car-wash was for only 18 Months, and the car-wash will have to be removed on or before 30 June 2014.
This is to allow BDC to evaluate the effect of the car-wash on parking spaces.(of which is only 1 space for the cabin, the others are for cars to be parked for washing/being washed).
[quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: Here is one example of the double standards of BDC. I'm not saying that Tesco have done anything untoward to influence these decisions, just that the decisions are not consistent. When BDC turned down Morrisons application for a store extension in Witham, the reason cited was that it would harm town centre trade, despite huge local support. The only store that would be affected by this would be Tescos, as the rest of the town centre is small specialist shops. When Tesco applied for planning permission recently for a hand car wash, BDC ignored all of the comments including loss of parking spaces (which harms shops in the town centre) and unfair competion which harms other local car wash businesses, and granted the planning permission.[/p][/quote]keith_I, You may have forgotten that the permission for the car-wash was for only 18 Months, and the car-wash will have to be removed on or before 30 June 2014. This is to allow BDC to evaluate the effect of the car-wash on parking spaces.(of which is only 1 space for the cabin, the others are for cars to be parked for washing/being washed). sKorch
  • Score: 0

3:37pm Wed 28 May 14

keith_l says...

sKorch wrote:
keith_l wrote:
Here is one example of the double standards of BDC. I'm not saying that Tesco have done anything untoward to influence these decisions, just that the decisions are not consistent.

When BDC turned down Morrisons application for a store extension in Witham, the reason cited was that it would harm town centre trade, despite huge local support. The only store that would be affected by this would be Tescos, as the rest of the town centre is small specialist shops.

When Tesco applied for planning permission recently for a hand car wash, BDC ignored all of the comments including loss of parking spaces (which harms shops in the town centre) and unfair competion which harms other local car wash businesses, and granted the planning permission.
keith_I,
You may have forgotten that the permission for the car-wash was for only 18 Months, and the car-wash will have to be removed on or before 30 June 2014.
This is to allow BDC to evaluate the effect of the car-wash on parking spaces.(of which is only 1 space for the cabin, the others are for cars to be parked for washing/being washed).
Yes I was aware that the current permission is due to expire. It is normal for planning permission for such a venture to initially be temporary. A further application for permanent could well go through "on the nod", probably as "delegated authority" to the planning officers.

Regarding the parking spaces, the application stated that the only spaces that would be taken up were the one for the cabin and the four on either side that are the washing and finishing areas. However, the car wash now cones off at least four or five spaces opposite, which was not what was proposed or agreed. It is unusual to get a space in this car park on a Saturday morning without driving round waiting to spot someone leaving, so it irritates me that empty spaces are coned off.
[quote][p][bold]sKorch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: Here is one example of the double standards of BDC. I'm not saying that Tesco have done anything untoward to influence these decisions, just that the decisions are not consistent. When BDC turned down Morrisons application for a store extension in Witham, the reason cited was that it would harm town centre trade, despite huge local support. The only store that would be affected by this would be Tescos, as the rest of the town centre is small specialist shops. When Tesco applied for planning permission recently for a hand car wash, BDC ignored all of the comments including loss of parking spaces (which harms shops in the town centre) and unfair competion which harms other local car wash businesses, and granted the planning permission.[/p][/quote]keith_I, You may have forgotten that the permission for the car-wash was for only 18 Months, and the car-wash will have to be removed on or before 30 June 2014. This is to allow BDC to evaluate the effect of the car-wash on parking spaces.(of which is only 1 space for the cabin, the others are for cars to be parked for washing/being washed).[/p][/quote]Yes I was aware that the current permission is due to expire. It is normal for planning permission for such a venture to initially be temporary. A further application for permanent could well go through "on the nod", probably as "delegated authority" to the planning officers. Regarding the parking spaces, the application stated that the only spaces that would be taken up were the one for the cabin and the four on either side that are the washing and finishing areas. However, the car wash now cones off at least four or five spaces opposite, which was not what was proposed or agreed. It is unusual to get a space in this car park on a Saturday morning without driving round waiting to spot someone leaving, so it irritates me that empty spaces are coned off. keith_l
  • Score: 2

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