No to all-night Tesco deliveries

A CONTROVERSIAL bid to allow the Tesco Extra superstore in Hucknall to accept deliveries throughout the night has been blocked.

The supermarket giant wanted trucks to be able to drop off at its 24-hour store off Ashgate Road between 11 pm and 7 am.

But members of Ashfield District Council’s planning committee decided to reject the planning application. They determined that the move would have an adverse impact on nearby residents.

Nineteen letters of objection were sent into the council, with the biggest number — ten — coming from households on Ashgate Road. They focused on concerns of extra noise caused by vehicles travelling past their houses and then unloading at the store.

One resident complained about the potential fall in property values locally, while Tesco continued to boost its profits.

Council officers had recommended that councillors give the application the temporary go-ahead for a year. This was because it was classed as a simple variation of the rules the store currently adheres to. Also, the proposal covered just three deliveries a night.

But councillors on the committee went against the recommendation.

When the store was initially given the green light in 2002, deliveries were restricted to 7 am to 11 pm on Mondays to Saturdays and from 8 am to 9 pm on Sundays.

Deliveries are made to a service yard at the back of the store. This latest application was to allow trucks to pull up at the front door during the early hours of the morning.

The application was made because Tesco says it is struggling to meet demand for fresh produce because of the limited window during which deliveries can be made.

There were no objections to the proposal from Ashfield Council’s environmental protection department, which considered any noise nuisance.

It suggested that the store should be given the temporary permission as part of a trial to see if there were any complaints.

The highways department at Notts County Council also considered the application acceptable.

Tesco must now make a decision on whether to appeal against the decision.

The flagship Tesco store has been the subject of a succession of planning applications since it was built on the former Hucknall Colliery site.

The only previous one to be refused was a scheme in 2008 for a double-decker car park.