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Oppose plans to build a Tesco supermarket anywhere in the central car park area of South Molton



Closing date: 5 March 2012

Lead Petitioner: Melanie Shiner

Status: paper petition - decision

Petition: We, the undersigned...oppose plans to build a Tesco supermarket anywhere in the Central Car Park/Norrington yard/Livestock Market area of South Molton. We urge North Devon District Council and South Molton Town Council to safeguard SMR Phoenix Re-use Shop from redevelopment. We unreservedly support SMR Phoenix - and the important environmental service it provides for South Molton and wider North Devon community; refurbish "our" re-use shop - not demolish it.

Background information:

Number of signatories: 2036 (paper petition)

Current progress: The petition was be considered by Council at its meeting on Wednesday 4th April 2012 at 7.00 pm. Council referred the issue in the petition with regard to the safeguarding of South Molton Recycle (Phoenix) re-use shop for re-development to the Executive for consideration on 8th May 2012. The issues regarding the opposition to build a Tesco supermarket anywhere in the Central Car Park/Norrington Yard/Livestock Market area was noted on the advice of the Monitoring Officer. If Members had debated this issue they would have been deemed to have pre-determined any application which may subsequently be submitted in respect of land Tesco already own. Those Members of the Planning Committee would then have been deemed to have pre-determined the matter. The Executive at its meeting on 8th May 2012 agreed that the petitioner be informed that SMR Phoenix has been offered an alternative suitable building for the re-use shop but no formal response has been received from them to the offer.