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October 14 named as Sheringham supermarket decision day

PUBLISHED: 18:21 26 August 2010 | UPDATED: 09:49 16 September 2010

The Sheringham supermarket debate is set to return to a decision making committee on October 14, it has been announced.

The crunch meeting of North Norfolk District Council's development control committee will follow a possible parish poll in the town.

The Sheringham supermarket debate is set to return to a decision making committee on October 14, it has been announced.

The crunch meeting of North Norfolk District Council's development control committee will follow a possible parish poll in the town.

Sheringham Town Council intends to seek a parish poll, to take place in late September, to gauge the feeling of electors in the town about the two supermarket plans put forward by Tesco and the Greenhouse Community Project, which would see a Waitrose operated on the Weybourne Road.

Virginia Gay, leader of the council and cabinet member for planning, said: “We would be interested in the result of the poll and it seemed sensible to agree with the town council that our development control committee meeting would follow the outcome.”

Planning councillors said yesterday they would revisit the sites of the two would-be supermarket sites next month following the submission of a fresh application by Tesco.

Tours of the two sites will go ahead on September 9.

The visits are intended to update and refresh the council members on developments in the long-running saga.

As reported earlier this month Tesco has submitted a new application, almost identical to amended plans lodged with the council in July.

The firm said they wanted “to do everything properly” and had decided on a new application as a “belt and braces” solution. It followed comments from opponents who said the amendments were such that they warranted an entirely new application.

Planners had originally been expected to discuss Tesco's latest application at their meeting on September 16 before the parish poll idea had been put forward.

The poll, mooted by Sheringham Town Council, is due to be discussed at a public meeting in the town's high school on September 2 at 8pm. The results would not carry any legal weight.

Tesco claims its new plan widens and improves the link to local shops.

In March councillors voted in favour of Greenhouse's proposals, against their officers' recommendations, but the decision has not been ratified because complaints about the conduct of some councillors attending the meeting are still being investigated.


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