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Saturday26 July 2014

Wilkinson Eyre bags planning for controversial Tesco

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Wilkinson Eyre’s controversial Tesco development for Sheringham in Norfolk has won planning permission after a heated six-hour meeting in which the committee chairman had to use a casting vote.

The committee rejected a rival scheme by Norwich-based LSI Architects for a Waitrose-led eco supermarket scheme.

The decision, by North Norfolk District Council, brings to an end a 14-year campaign to keep Tesco out of the seaside town.

A statement from the council said: “In a meeting of almost six hours, the committee voted 8-7 in favour of the application by Tesco, concluding with the chairman’s casting vote, on the grounds that it was the better of the two plans because it conformed with national and local planning policy, and would benefit the town.

“The committee agreed that there was a need for only one supermarket, and turned down the rival application by the Greenhouse Community Project for a site on Weybourne Road because the site was too far from the town centre and would not be good for the vitality of Sheringham.”

Tesco’s victory overturned an earlier, provisional, decision by the planning committee to favour LSI’s scheme.

This project included wall-cladding made from hemp and recycled construction materials and  would have involved a food academy and training restaurant.

Wilkinson Eyre’s 1,175sq m scheme, meanwhile, includes a zig-zag glass entrance canopy and a pedestrian plaza.

A referendum on the two schemes, held by Sheringham Town Council in September, found residents were split down the middle: Tesco won by 15 votes.

A spokesman for Wilkinson Eyre said the practice was “very pleased”.

 

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