Horncastle Tesco relocation plan turned down

An application to relocate a Tesco store in Lincolnshire has been unanimously rejected.

The supermarket chain wanted to move from the centre of Horncastle to Lincoln Road, on the west of the town, to allow for expansion.

But East Lindsey District Council turned down the application, saying there were concerns about traffic and the impact on town centre shops.

Tesco said it was disappointed and it would review its position.

'More jobs'

The plans had been opposed by the town council, its civic society, the chamber of commerce and a number of smaller traders' groups.

The Conservative-controlled district council's chairman of planning, councillor Neil Copper, said: "The main issues were around the viability of the town centre and how the moving of this Tesco store would affect that.

"There were also the traffic management problems and how Lincoln Road was pretty much gridlocked during the summer months with the holiday traffic."

A Tesco spokesman said: "Of course we are disappointed with the council's decision. We believe our plans for Horncastle will deliver an improved store, better shopping and more jobs.

"We now need to take stock and review our position before deciding how to proceed".

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