Council say no to Tesco store in Ross-on-Wye

How the Tesco in Ross-on-Wye would have looked had permission been granted.

How the Tesco in Ross-on-Wye would have looked had permission been granted.

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PLANS for a new Tesco supermarket in Ross-on- Wye have been refused council permission.

The retail giant targeted a site off Overross Street which, it said, would have created around 175 jobs and 307 car park spaces.

Tesco also said £450,000 was set aside to cover highways improvements, with £225,000 allocated to invest in projects in the town.

However, a majority of councillors turned down the plan.

“What puts Ross ahead of the game is that it still has that vital town centre that people want to visit because it is an experience,” said Councillor Mark Hubbard.

Ninety-four letters of objection were also received by the council.

Case officer Andrew Banks recommended refusal because the applicant “failed to demonstrate that the proposal would not have an adverse impact on the town centre”.

Cllr Felicity Norman agreed with Mr Banks’ assessment.

“Supermarkets have a savage impact on town centres,” she said.

However, Tesco did have the support of 71 people who submitted letters to the council. It also gained the backing of Ross Town Council.

Simon Petar, corporate affairs manager at Tesco, said he was disappointed the proposal had been refused.

“It is a big missed opportunity,” he said.

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10:38am Thu 17 Jul 14

mizza21 says...

Well done HCC. There is a huge Mozzers in Ross. Why on Earth you would need a Tescos a few yards away from the Mozzers I have no idea.

The town centre probably wouldn't be decimated because the current Mozzers and the proposed Tescos are both within walking distance and would be used as parking for town and the supermarket too.

However, where there is no need for the assimilation of a town by the Tescos borg, then it should rightly be prevented.

I for one never enter supermarkets.
You forget how to assess quality and price.
All the fruit and veg is ripened after picking thus reducing considerably it's flavour.
There is no sense of seasonality. Strawberries in the winter that taste of water.
The staff don't know anything about what they are selling.
Well done HCC. There is a huge Mozzers in Ross. Why on Earth you would need a Tescos a few yards away from the Mozzers I have no idea. The town centre probably wouldn't be decimated because the current Mozzers and the proposed Tescos are both within walking distance and would be used as parking for town and the supermarket too. However, where there is no need for the assimilation of a town by the Tescos borg, then it should rightly be prevented. I for one never enter supermarkets. You forget how to assess quality and price. All the fruit and veg is ripened after picking thus reducing considerably it's flavour. There is no sense of seasonality. Strawberries in the winter that taste of water. The staff don't know anything about what they are selling. mizza21
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