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Tesco consultation extended
CHANGES to plans by Tesco to build a supermarket at Northgate have given people extra time comment on the application.
The opportunity to comment closed last November – but extra assessments submitted last month re-opened consultation yesterday (January 2) until January 22.
The additions to the planning application include a Heritage Assessment carried out by DPP UK on Tesco’s behalf, an Addendum Transport Assessment by Transport Planning Associates (TPA) and revised floor plans.
Bridgwater Town Clerk Alan Hurford welcomed the fresh opportunity for people to have their say.
He said: “This is a major issue for the town and I would encourage everybody to look at the plans and comment on the application.”
They can be viewed on Sedgemoor District Council’s planning website with the code 08/12/00168 or at council offices.
Meanwhile, a Question and Answer Session’ will be held from 6pm on Wednesday, January 9, at Bridgwater Town Hall, where Development Control Committee members will hear answers from Tesco officials to questions pre-submitted by ‘interested parties’.
The committee will not respond to questions but will hear registered residents’ concerns and the council's and applicant's responses.
A spokesman for Sedgemoor District Council said: “These are not public meetings whereby anyone can speak. Members of the public are able to listen to the session, but not to speak, unless pre-registered.”
Rebecca Miller, case officer for the application, said consultation was amended due to the added assessments and the ‘Question and Answer Session’ was being held to allow committee members to experience a broader range of comments from the public.
She added: “They will compile a report for the next development committee meeting, which will be around February.”
Councillor Ian Tucker, who will be asking questions at the meeting, told the Mercury: “This ‘question and answer session’ will be the last time the public will have a chance to hear this debate - which is the biggest thing to ever happen to the town centre.”