Tesco extension is set to be refused
SUPERMARKET bosses are likely to be refused planning permission at their proposed new store opposite Bedford Hospital.
Bedford Borough Council planning committee will hear an application by Tesco on Monday (May 28) to build a sigle and two-storey rear extension to The Crown pub in Britannia Road.
Although the firm does not need planning permission to change the use of building from a pub to a supermarket, it does need council permission for its extension.
The report by council officers says: “Permission has twice been refused for extensions to the public house to provide potential for A1 (retail), A3 (restaurant/cafe) and A4 (drinking establishment).
“The first application was refused on grounds of the bulk, massing and architectural detailing of the proposed extension, inadequate vehicle and cycle parking and inadequate turning space within the site.
“The second application is currently subject of an appeal.”
The officers’ repor tsays that, although planning permission is not required as the site was previously a pub, “if planning permission had been required for the use, it would be recommended for refusal”.
Officers have also criticised the store’s parking plans.
The size of the extended building would need a minimum of 15 spaces, but Tesco’s plans are for nine spaces plus one disabled bay.
When deliveries occur, this would be reduced to six available parking spaces.
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