Outrage at Tesco plan for Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 10:35 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:00 26 October 2009

Unused units which could house the new supermarket

Unused units which could house the new supermarket

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a Tesco Express store in Potters Bar have been submitted. If successful, the supermarket giant will occupy much of the space in three vacant units on the Cranborne Parade, Mutton Lane, a total of 448 sq metres. The proposal al

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a Tesco Express store in Potters Bar have been submitted.

If successful, the supermarket giant will occupy much of the space in three vacant units on the Cranborne Parade, Mutton Lane, a total of 448 sq metres.

The proposal also includes a provision for a dental practice - 64 sq metres - and another retail unit - 73 sq metres - within the same development.

This is the second planning application Tesco has put to Hertsmere Borough Council.

The first, in autumn 2007, was turned down amid parking concerns at the proposed site.

Cranborne Parade Post Office manager Jay Patel thinks the opening of the store would have disastrous consequences on his shop.

"It's going to affect us all business-wise," he said.

"We don't want it. There are a lot of parking problems already on the parade and Tesco will bring more parking issues."

Borough councillor Ron Morris wants Tesco to reconsider.

He said: "I am not in favour of it. I feel it is not in the best interest for the other businesses on the parade as the post office may be forced to close."

Since the first refusal, Tesco has carried out a public consultation working with the Highways Agency to rectify the parking issues.

A spokeswoman said: "We have worked really hard with Hertsmere Borough Council and necessary parties to come up with the most appropriate scheme for the community.

"As part of its public consultation, Tesco distributed leaflets to 2,000 homes in the area to ask people what they thought.

"Of those who replied 70 per cent said they wanted a Tesco Express.

"Most said it was an excellent location, would cut down on the need to travel and great for those without transport.

"We were delighted with the results and that so many people were in favour."

A date for the application to be considered by the council has not yet been decided.

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