Tesco objects to flats by new store

The Rev Jane Sherwood said homes on the former petrol station site next to the new Tesco store in Abingdon Road would be welcomed

The Rev Jane Sherwood said homes on the former petrol station site next to the new Tesco store in Abingdon Road would be welcomed

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SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has objected to plans for homes next to its new store in South Oxford.

The Tesco Express on the site of the former Fox and Hounds pub in Abingdon Road opened in February, years after it was first proposed.

But now the retail giant is objecting to plans for new flats on neighbouring land, in case the housing overshadows land it owns next to the store, which has not yet been developed.

The Oxford Times:

Sterling Developments (London) Ltd is proposing to build three one-bed, three two-bed and three three-bed self-contained flats on the site of the former Cold Arbour filling station at 281 Abingdon Road.

Tesco told the council’s planning department it is “concerned that the development potential of its site will be prejudiced by the homes plan.”

It added: “Tesco’s consented scheme only utilises land to the west, which leaves outstanding land to the north.

“This land is directly adjacent to what was formerly the Cold Arbour petrol station. As such, were Tesco to develop this land in the future for residential purposes, this would become constrained by issues such as daylight, sunlight and amenity considerations.”

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Tesco was given planning permission in January 2012, after a four-year battle, to demolish the derelict pub, on the corner of Abingdon Road and Weirs Lane, and replace it with a three-storey building. The ground-floor store has four flats above it.

Vicar of St Luke’s Church in Canning Crescent, the Rev Jane Sherwood, said she thought new homes on the former petrol station would be welcomed, particularly if some were “affordable.”

Executive member for city development, Colin Cook, said the homes application would be considered by the west area planning committee at a date to be fixed.

He added: “Flooding has been a problem along the Abingdon Road so that will have to be taken into consideration by planning officers and councillors.”

Colin Foux, of Sterling Developments, said: “The new housing will greatly enhance the site and and Tesco will no doubt benefit from the additional customers.”

The Fox and Hounds closed in 2007 and the building was badly damaged in a 2009 fire.

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10:19am Thu 8 May 14

norton manor says...

What a bloody cheek words nearly fail me
What a bloody cheek words nearly fail me norton manor
  • Score: 18

12:28pm Thu 8 May 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

so they moan about a tesco's moving in but don't object to the flats being built which would generate just as many additional cars? double standards me thinks
so they moan about a tesco's moving in but don't object to the flats being built which would generate just as many additional cars? double standards me thinks yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 1

1:13pm Thu 8 May 14

EMBOX2 says...

I hope Tesco get told where to go, and/or their new store burns down.
I hope Tesco get told where to go, and/or their new store burns down. EMBOX2
  • Score: 5

3:47pm Thu 8 May 14

King Joke says...

yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
so they moan about a tesco's moving in but don't object to the flats being built which would generate just as many additional cars? double standards me thinks
THere is a housing shortage in the city so the new flats are needed, and residential flats won't generate as many journeys as a supermarket - let's say four per flat per day. You could always make some of them car-free.
[quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: so they moan about a tesco's moving in but don't object to the flats being built which would generate just as many additional cars? double standards me thinks[/p][/quote]THere is a housing shortage in the city so the new flats are needed, and residential flats won't generate as many journeys as a supermarket - let's say four per flat per day. You could always make some of them car-free. King Joke
  • Score: 9

8:57pm Thu 8 May 14

deedee444 says...

READ THE STORY you divs!!!
READ THE STORY you divs!!! deedee444
  • Score: 2

9:45pm Thu 8 May 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

deedee444 wrote:
READ THE STORY you divs!!!
Well said :)
[quote][p][bold]deedee444[/bold] wrote: READ THE STORY you divs!!![/p][/quote]Well said :) Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 1

12:02am Fri 9 May 14

oafie says...

Oh yeah affordable flats...my a..e!
Oh yeah affordable flats...my a..e! oafie
  • Score: 1

7:36am Fri 9 May 14

King Joke says...

What are we missing chaps? Tesco is objecting to much-needed housing for reasons I can't quite fathom.
What are we missing chaps? Tesco is objecting to much-needed housing for reasons I can't quite fathom. King Joke
  • Score: 3

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