Historic pub will become Tesco Express after council stance overturned

Maldon and Burnham Standard: An artist's impression of how the pub would look if converted to a Tesco An artist's impression of how the pub would look if converted to a Tesco

A supermarket giant has won an appeal to transform an historic Maldon pub into a Tesco Express.

After months of campaigning, residents living nearby have lost their fight to stop a store opening at The Cups pub in Wantz Road, after a planning inspectorate overturned Maldon District Council’s decision.

Councillors refused planning permission for a new 260-square-metre convenience store in March and said it would have a detrimental effect on traffic congestion, highway safety and on street parking.

But Tesco disagreed and lodged an appeal.

At a public hearing with the Planning Inspectorate in November, Tesco representatives argued that traffic to the store would not have an adverse impact on road safety and that nine parking spaces would be enough for shoppers.

This week, planning inspector Nicholas Taylor allowed their appeal.

His report stated: “There are a number of schools in the area and I understand that the junction becomes busy at particular times.

“Notwithstanding a recent fatal traffic accident on Cross Road and residents’ perception that near misses frequently occur, the junction’s accident record does not indicate a significant risk to highway safety resulting from its layout."

See this week's MBS for a full report and reaction from residents, campaigners, Maldon District Council and Tesco.

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10:46am Thu 9 Jan 14

Dengie D says...

“Tesco representatives argued that traffic to the store would not have an adverse impact on road safety and that nine parking spaces would be enough for shoppers”

What utter rubbish, cars will be constantly reversing out of these spaces across a busy footpath used by schoolchildren onto a road next to 4 way junction!

Maldon District Council seem to pride themselves on weak indecision and short-sightedness, they should remember who their supposed to be serving.
“Tesco representatives argued that traffic to the store would not have an adverse impact on road safety and that nine parking spaces would be enough for shoppers” What utter rubbish, cars will be constantly reversing out of these spaces across a busy footpath used by schoolchildren onto a road next to 4 way junction! Maldon District Council seem to pride themselves on weak indecision and short-sightedness, they should remember who their supposed to be serving. Dengie D

10:55am Thu 9 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

Excellent news. A tired and messy pub becomes something we can all use. MDC made the right call.
Excellent news. A tired and messy pub becomes something we can all use. MDC made the right call. Jack222

1:34pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Dengie D says...

Something we can all use?!..............l
ike the existing shop opposite.
Something we can all use?!..............l ike the existing shop opposite. Dengie D

2:04pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Opsiomath says...

What a surprise - Tesco 'The RyanAir' of the High Street win yet again - Many of us shop with them, but nobody Loves them (I wonder why)

But thank you to MDC Councillors for trying to stand up to the Juggernaut

A Couple of practical suggestions: MDC should now need to restrict deliveries between 8PM and 7AM to try to minimise traffic impact

When some of the surrounding retail outlets close up, Tesco should be forced to buy them and redevelop the sites as shopper car parks. Look at other Tesco Expresses to see how laughable an alleged 8 off road car park spaces is
What a surprise - Tesco 'The RyanAir' of the High Street win yet again - Many of us shop with them, but nobody Loves them (I wonder why) But thank you to MDC Councillors for trying to stand up to the Juggernaut A Couple of practical suggestions: MDC should now need to restrict deliveries between 8PM and 7AM to try to minimise traffic impact When some of the surrounding retail outlets close up, Tesco should be forced to buy them and redevelop the sites as shopper car parks. Look at other Tesco Expresses to see how laughable an alleged 8 off road car park spaces is Opsiomath

4:12pm Fri 10 Jan 14

paultheuver1 says...

Jack222...As such an ardent supporter of all things progressive, you might like to look at improving the tired and vacant lot between your ears.
You might like to muse on why the pub is in the state it is, why do Tesco want to site there and will it be for the good of the community - rather than just you.
As someone who has family run over on Wantz Road, I see only increased opportunities for accidents. It appears that once more, greed has prevailed over common sense.
Jack222...As such an ardent supporter of all things progressive, you might like to look at improving the tired and vacant lot between your ears. You might like to muse on why the pub is in the state it is, why do Tesco want to site there and will it be for the good of the community - rather than just you. As someone who has family run over on Wantz Road, I see only increased opportunities for accidents. It appears that once more, greed has prevailed over common sense. paultheuver1

6:47pm Fri 10 Jan 14

David _ Maldon says...

If the Co-Op wasn't so useless on so many levels, then I would be against Tesco taking over the Cups.
If the Co-Op wasn't so useless on so many levels, then I would be against Tesco taking over the Cups. David _ Maldon

7:43am Tue 14 Jan 14

Meherenow says...

Despite, as Tesco say, nine customer car parking spaces this new store will create more traffic congestion and further risks to pedestrian safety. And what happens if the store takes off big time and nine car parking spaces are congested - further on street parking of both legal (if you can find a space) or more as likely illegal parking causing further traffic congestion. I, for one, will never shop at this Tesco Express.
Despite, as Tesco say, nine customer car parking spaces this new store will create more traffic congestion and further risks to pedestrian safety. And what happens if the store takes off big time and nine car parking spaces are congested - further on street parking of both legal (if you can find a space) or more as likely illegal parking causing further traffic congestion. I, for one, will never shop at this Tesco Express. Meherenow

8:17am Tue 14 Jan 14

L2097 says...

I cannot think of a single time when Tesco haven't succeeded in achieving what they set out to. Somehow against all the odds they get their own way - always and regardless of any situation/circumstan
ce.

Just how do they manage to exercise this level of power on planning councils? Seriously - is there a corruption or ethics issue here?
I cannot think of a single time when Tesco haven't succeeded in achieving what they set out to. Somehow against all the odds they get their own way - always and regardless of any situation/circumstan ce. Just how do they manage to exercise this level of power on planning councils? Seriously - is there a corruption or ethics issue here? L2097

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