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Barnstaple High Street Tesco Express plans approved by North Devon Council

By NDJWill  |  Posted: February 18, 2013

  • Tesco has been given the green light to open an Express store in the former Bernard Smith store on the High Street.

  • Tesco has been given the green light to open an Express store in the former Bernard Smith store on the High Street.

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PLANS for a new Tesco Express on Barnstaple High Street have been given the green light by North Devon Council.

The plans, which will see the retail giant knock through two High Street properties, were approved last week after being submitted a week before Christmas.

Barnstaple Town Council recommended the plans be refused by North Devon Council, on grounds the shop front would be out of keeping with the rest of the High Street, and because of its fears there would be a loss of "individual shop frontage".

And two members of the public wrote to the council to object to the plans.

However, North Devon Council saw fit to approve the plans and work can begin immediately.

Tesco now has three years in which to start work at 100 and 101 High Street. The plans give the retailer permission to knock through the two shops, install a new shop front and an ATM.

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  • tbalment  |  July 03 2013, 7:57PM

    Funny that we don't hear much descent from the other town traders about this.Are these the same people who complained about Asda and Morrisons having a supermarket on the outskirts of Barnstaple.Yes, back handers do come to mind. I wander how long the stall tactics will go on before a decision is made on the Asda/Morrison applications or will it be taken to a higher authority so are planners can say to the public,"It wasn't me"...

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  • merrythought  |  March 04 2013, 5:25PM

    Has anyone considered the size of the lorries that will be delivering to this stoer???

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  • MrsRJG  |  February 23 2013, 11:36AM

    So how can Tesco open up their third store in Barnstaple, a store a few doors away from the corner shop, a few metres walk away from the Co-Op, yet Asda can't get planning approved for an old run down unit out of town?! Back handers anyone?! Total monopoly by Tesco, since when was North Devon Council sponsored by Tesco...

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