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New Tesco plan runs into opposition

PUBLISHED: 14:44 25 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:15 23 August 2010

SUPERMARKET chain Tesco is hoping to move into a former furniture store that has been vacant for more than a year. The shopping giant has submitted three separate planning applications for the Baldwin and Sons property in Perry Street, Northfleet. If ag

SUPERMARKET chain Tesco is hoping to move into a former furniture store that has been vacant for more than a year.

The shopping giant has submitted three separate planning applications for the Baldwin and Sons property in Perry Street, Northfleet.

If agreed the store would be just two shops down from a Co-operative supermarket.

Plans include putting in a condensing unit for refrigeration in the rear, alongside three air conditioning units, an ATM at the front with a new shop front and anti-ram bollards and a 2.2 metre high palisade and gate at the rear for security.

The store, which used to accommodate a Post Office, has been empty since the retirement of previous owners Ray and Linda Lewis in October 2008.

Shopper Paul Holdoway is against the plan. He said: "I am very outraged because of this.

"We have a Co-op and it is very well used, I feel we don't need another Tesco's here in this town."

Currently Tesco has stores in Valley Drive and New Road, Gravesend.

In 1998 the furniture store was destroyed by a huge fire and though the business survived it was forced to close at the end of last year, after more than 100 years in business.

The planning applications are available to view on www.gravesham.gov.uk public access under reference number 20090908, 20090909, 20090918.

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