Search

Gravesend council pays Tesco £15,000 over planning application error

11:56 28 June 2012

Archant

Gravesham Council must fork out £15,000 in legal costs over a Tesco planning application which the authority was judged to have dealt with ‘‘unreasonably’’.

The council failed to make a decision within a specified time frame on whether Burlington Estates Investments Ltd, acting on behalf of the supermarket, should be allowed to build a Tesco Express in Whinfell Way, Gravesend.

It led the developers to lodge an appeal with the planning inspectorate, who judged on March 19 that the council had “failed to substantiate its reasons for refusal and this amounts to unreasonable behaviour”.

Council bosses and supermarket chiefs were locked into a legal wrangle on the due amount of costs, which they settled on June 7 at £15,000.

The store will now become the fifth Tesco in a five-mile radius.

Chairman of Gravesend and Dartford Liberal Democrats Martin Wilson said the planning inspectorate’s decision was against the wishes of local people.

He said: “This Tescopoly business has been going on all over the country for several years now and there are many instances where many Tesco Express shops have been approved against local wishes and in spite of some quite fierce opposition.”

A spokesman for Burlington Estates said: “It was agreed that the council had behaved unacceptably and was found in our favour.”

0 comments

Latest News

Fri, 16:09
Railway line

Parishioners have been appealing for the crossing to be re-opened.

Fri, 14:43
Anyone prepared to give a statement can call Kent Police on 101.

A spokesperson for the council said they are ‘absolutely determined’ to stop offenseive behaviour.

Fri, 12:33

But traffic bosses say residual delays remain

Fri, 12:28
Weather

As we prepare for the summer bank holiday, weather is unlikely to make it ideal

Fri, 11:22
Gravesham Borough Council offices

It is a nationwide search for the country’s best high street.

Thu, 16:37
Arrest

New push by Kent Police to stop wave of gangs establishing in Gravesham, Dartford, Swale and Medway

Most read

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Gravesend Reporter e-edition today E-edition


Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder