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Budleigh Tesco plans resubmitted

They had pulled out.

Five years in the making, the plans for a Tesco Express branch to open at the former SM Prior and Sons building, in Fore Street have been resubmitted.

Tesco had previously announced its intention to convert the former furniture shop back in December 2014, and planning permission to extend the store was granted, only for Tesco to pull out five months later.

Now though, a new application has been submitted to East Devon District Council planners by Tesco which would vary the planning permission that has been granted and remove the rear extension from the proposal.

The documents say that the revised proposal would reduce the overall floor area of the scheme, but the shopfront glazing remains the same as the scheme that was previously approved.

A Tesco spokesman has said that they have changed plans because a smaller store would store better on the site.

They added: “We have carried out a detailed assessment of the site for the planned Tesco Express store. As a result of that review, we concluded that a smaller store would work better on the site.

“We have now submitted plans for smaller premises at Fore Street for consideration by the planning authority.”

They have previously added: “We are keen to open a new Tesco Express store on the vacant former furniture shop premises at Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton, and are working towards that end.”

East Devon District Council planners will determine the fate of the application at a later date, although a spokesman had previously said that as planning permission was granted to extend the store in 2014, no further planning permission for the retail use of the store would have been required, had they kept to the floor space the extension granted permission for.

A petition against Tesco coming to Budleigh was previously signed by more than 600 residents and traders.

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