CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a new Tesco store on the former Aston Martin site in Newport Pagnell were last night given the green light.
Up to 60 people packed a special four-hour development control committee meeting at the Civic Offices last night (9/3) to voice their opinions on plans, which had been recommended for approval by Milton Keynes Council.
Town mayors past and present, including Councillors Mike Barry, Ian Carman and Alderman Euan Henderson spoke for and against the proposals with Tesco represented by corporate affairs manager, Tony Fletcher.
Tom Lonergan, who lives close to the proposed new site in Lagonda Close, and is chairman of the Tesno group which campaigned against the plans, was also present..
Finally after a lneghty debate objectors could not convince the committee to turn down the application and after votes were tied committee chairman Councillor Andrew Morris, used his deciding vote to rule in favour of the proposal.
He said: “We have tried to find reasons to turn this application down so reluctantly I will grant planning permission to this store.”
As he announced the decision the public gallery erupted with a mixed reaction of cheers, boos, and even a few tears.
Plans for the new 3,527 square metre store will now go ahead but it is not clear whether Tesco will be expected to adhere to a number of planning obligations before building work starts
These will include an enhanced bus service, £149,949.71 towards the improvement of the London Road/A509/A422 roundabout and around £100,000 towards the improvement of the town centre.
More to follow...