In 2006 Tesco announced plans for a new store on an ex-industrial site with listed buildings. Local residents and traders, worried about the impact a new store would have on the town centre and traffic, started a campaign to oppose the plans.
On the 3rd March 2008 Wyre Forest District Council Planning Committee approved Tesco’s outline planning application. The Town Council also voted 10-2 in favour of the application. However, the application went back to the planning committee in May after new information was received that suggested the extra traffic could cause unacceptable levels of air pollution in Stourport town centre. But at a meeting on the 15th May the Planning Committee rejected the new evidence and re-approved the planning application.
On the 5th September 2008 the Express and Star reported that the Co-op has called for a judicial review claiming the decision to give the new store the go-ahead was flawed.
In August 2009 a new application by Tesco was given outline planning permission for a store, car park and petrol station at the former Carpets of Worth factory site in Severn Road. Members of the district council’s planning committee voted overwhelmingly in favour of granting delegated approval to the bid subject to referral to the Secretary of State and a long list of planning conditions. The conditions included “extensive” highways improvements with the construction of a new pedestrian bridge and a new link road to Discovery Road.
In October 2009, the Co-op won the go-ahead to bring a new legal challenge to the grant of planning permission to Tesco. Appeal Court judge Lord Justice Dyson ruled that Midcounties Co-op has an arguable case, justifying a full appeal hearing on a date yet to be scheduled. Please see an article in the Kidderminster Shuttle, 27th October 2009.
In April 2010 the Co-op took their battle to stop Tesco opening in the town to London’s Court of Appeal. The Midcounties Co-operative Limited is asking Lord Justice Laws, Lady Justice Smith and Lord Justice Rimer to quash the planning permission granted by Wyre Forest District Council In May 2008 for a Tesco at the former Carpets of Worth site, in Severn Road, on the grounds that a condition limiting the retail floorspace is unclear.
At the end of July the three judges ruled that the condition was “sufficiently clear and certain” and that the permission should stand. Please see an article in the Kidderminster Shuttle, 29th July 2010.
In September 2010 Tesco submitted a further detailed planning application to Wyre Forest District Council that if approved would allow it to proceed with development of a new supermarket in Stourport. The company has previously received two outline planning permissions from the council for two separate sets of plans for the former Carpets of Worth site.
On 12th October 2010 Wyre Forest Councillors approved Tesco’s application for a new supermarket, car-park and petrol stations. Please see an article in the Kidderminster Shuttle, 13th October 2010.
With the announcement of a New Sales dip for Tesco what does this mean for the New Tesco’s coming to Stourport. Tesco has taken on additional staff of 4,300 and has spent money on the overhaul of 100 of their existing stores. The original plans for the New Tesco in Stourport ment it was to open in Summer 2012 but was then delayed ,Tesco’s have stated The Build of the new store will start again towards the end of this year and will open in 2013
Councillor David Little fears for High Street shops in Stourport, He also fears the store will bring even greater traffic chaos and create further problems around The Gilgal area.