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Opponents to rally against £20million Brixham Tesco development

By HEOVergnault  |  Posted: February 28, 2013

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OPPONENTS to a £20million Tesco superstore planned for Brixham Town Centre remain on the war path.

The Brixham Residents Against a Tesco Superstore action group have not given up the fight against the central car park scheme.

With a major planning meeting coming up, the group is looking to hammer home the message that the proposed development is bad for the town during a special demonstration in the port.

BRATS is calling on all the residents who have been campaigning against the plans and the 2,000 people who signed a petition opposing the store, to come out in force when members of the Torbay Council's planning committee are in town for a site visit.

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Town councillor Rosemary Clarke, who was elected to Brixham Town Council on the BRATS ticket last autumn, said: "We are pleased that the members and officers are visiting the site. However, we have been told no-one is allowed to speak to them.

"So we want lots of people in the Town Square to take part in a range of visual activities.

"There is great significance in the activities taking place in the Town Square as this will go if the supermarket development is built.

"We want the planning committee members to go away with a clear message that there is a general and genuine opposition in the town to the application."

Protesters will wear a 'No' rosette and carry placards while balloons will be released to show councillors and planners the actual height of the proposed development.

The Tesco scheme has been recommended for conditional approval when it is determined at a Parkfield hearing in Paignton on Wednesday March 6.

The proposed development has received the backing of planning officers and Deputy Mayor Cllr Dave Thomas who said it would be a good deal for Brixham.

Many people in the town believe the development will cause massive chaos during and after the construction period and will lead to the closure of several independent shops.

As well as BRATS, objectors include English Heritage which feels that the design could be improved on the frontages to Middle Street and Brewery Lane.

The Environment Agency has no objection so long as the scheme includes the implementation and maintenance of flood defence measures.

Highways and Environmental Health have expressed some concerns about traffic, access and extra noise and air pollution which could be generated by the proposal.

Brixham Town Council rejected the scheme on highway and public safety grounds at a special meeting in January.

BRATS believe the scheme will be the death knell of Brixham's independent shops and will have a detrimental impact on the visual fabric of the port and will turn Brixham into a 'clone town' while public access and public toilets facilities will be lost.

Finally Brixham-based firm Stan Bolt Architects have raised concerns about the size of the proposed building, its lack of permeability and asked that more sympathetic alternative approaches be explored to minimise the visual impact on the town.

The planning application will be determined by Torbay Council's planning committee on Wednesday March 6 at 2pm at Parkfield in Paignton.

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  • robocop1982  |  March 01 2013, 10:48PM

    supermarkets generally buy all the low quality grade food because it is cheaper for them and more profitable to sell. it would be nice if supermarkets were replaced with food shops with 5 star chefs that sell 5 star food ready to go and take home in take out cartons. Much of the food these superamrkets sell isnt even worth your time and opening food products that is over packaged. you end up with a pile of packaging in your trashcan and little actual food content. everything a supermaket sells is such small amounts. buy bulk

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  • nocoment  |  March 01 2013, 2:22PM

    to many supermarkets and not enough buisiness something will give think about how you shop at a supermarket in out load the car and away bet you didnt even see the zoo sign at morrisons the last time you went tell me wats on this summer think ; its about time we protected what is ours

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  • Treleaven1  |  February 28 2013, 11:48PM

    You know, I didn't even realise we had a town square! It's only after reading comments here and elsewhere is that I now understand that the town square is actually those few steps in the car park behind the bus stop where the old tramp lady lounges about when the sun's out and the yobs make a nuisance of themselves.

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  • stevetims2  |  February 28 2013, 2:16PM

    "BRATS who have been campaigning against the plans and the 2,000 people who signed a petition opposing the petition" Well i hope when it DOES GO AHEAD, That tescos BAN!!! The above idiots who clearly do not wish to shop there.

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  • BrixhamTom  |  February 28 2013, 12:20PM

    "So we want lots of people in the Town Square to take part in a range of visual activities. There is great significance in the activities taking place in the Town Square as this will go if the supermarket development is built" Excellent - so can all the druggies and alcholics come and hang around with your super-strength beers, gangs of youths are welcome to come and fight swear and shout, skate-boarders and BMX-ers are more than welcome. Get all the modded cars in there with their stereos blaring out at full blast. After all we want the planners to see what is really happeining in Brixham town centre! The "Town Square" hasn't had any activities in it (apart from the illegal ones) for years because it is now a carpark.

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