After 14 years of planning disputes, Tesco has finally been given permission to build a store in Sheringham, Norfolk.
Waitrose had a rival application which was under consideration by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) but yesterday the authority’s planning committee voted in favour of the Tesco plans.
The new supermarket will occupy around 2,100 sq m in space and provide about 150 retail jobs for the local area, becoming one of the smallest of Tesco’s stores aimed at main food shopping.
A Tesco spokesman said: “We’re delighted by the decision. We’re even more thrilled for the local people who have been asking us to build a supermarket in the town centre.
“Councillors have recognised the local support for our proposals and the benefits that a Tesco store will bring the town. We now look forward to working with the local council to deliver jobs, investment and a Tesco supermarket for local people and for Sheringham.”
Tesco has had designs on a store in the area for over a decade and only last March had plans for this store on land at Cromer Road rejected by the NNDC.
At the time the council preferred a rival application by Waitrose, to build an eco-store alongside a food academy but now Tesco has been given the green light.
Nigel Keen, Waitrose Director of Development, told The Times: “We are saddened and disappointed by the decision of the planning committee.”