After being rejected twice, plans for Tesco finally approved
CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new Tesco supermarket in Coleford will at last go ahead, after twice being rejected in the past.
Forest of Dean District Council had turned down proposals for a supermarket off Lords Hill in the town, and many residents are against the idea because of the location.
But the plans were finally given the go-ahead last week following a planning inquiry.
Developers hope to finish the build of the store in 12 months' time and it will employ 80 people.
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Andrew Taylor, who lives in the town, was originally opposed to the plans but now feels it is time to move forward.
He said: "We were never really against the prospect of a supermarket as such, more so the design.
"It was a long time ago now, this has been going on for two years, so while it isn't the outcome we necessarily would have wanted, I feel it is time we all moved on."
Tesco launched its appeal after its plans for a shop were thrown out for a second time in March 2012.
In October 2011, Tesco was told its original proposals were "like a shed", and needed to be more in keeping with the character of Coleford.
Ian Claridge, manager of the Forest Bookshop in Coleford, fears for traders. He said: "I enjoy going to the bakers and the greengrocers in the morning rather than going to the supermarket – plus you save money. I hope that continues here.
"I have heard of supermarkets under-cutting local businesses in the past though."
Simon Petar, corporate affairs manager at Tesco, said: "We are very pleased to be given permission for a new supermarket.
"We know from the positive feedback we have received that a new store will be very popular with the local community, and we look forward to serving customers and the community in due course."