Tesco Planning Application Withdrawn
Tesco have withdrawn their planning application to replace their current store in Hook with an enlarged one.
Last week Hart published an independent retail assessment they had commissioned on the Tesco application. The assessment was dated January 2014. Unsurprisingly this assessment had concluded that there would be insufficient demand for both a Sainsbury’s superstore and an enlarged Tesco store in Hook. It also stated that were the two applications to be considered equally, the Tesco application for an enlarged store was far preferable to the Sainsbury’s store proposal on a long list of grounds including, obviously, scale and location.
At the Planning Committee meeting which considered the Sainsbury’s application, objectors had urged the committee to defer a decision on Sainbury’s until the two proposals could be reviewed. The Planning Committee refused to defer the decision even though Planning Officers must have known that an independent review of the Tesco application had already been commissioned by Hart and would be available in a matter of weeks.
Tesco’s plans for the current store are unknown and must be uncertain as it is hard to see how it will compete with a Sainsbury’s superstore in the village. Thanks to Hart’s planners we may now have a single viable supermarket in Hook in the wrong place and on the wrong scale – exactly what we warned them would happen.