Concerned of Notts | 31.03.2010 17:59 | Social Struggles
Changes to planning legislation in 2008 mean - bizarrely - that planning permission for a pub can be carried over into a store on the same site without additional planning permission.
Moving into vacant pubs makes a lot of sense for Tesco. With 6 closing every day across the UK as the effects of the recession and the smoking ban bite there certainly isn't a shortage of them.
Chapman isn't opposed to Tesco on principle: "Some parts of the city are crying out for a small store like that and it would be very beneficial. In other places it is going to wreck the local shopping economy and it is also going to disturb a lot of people."
Crucially, Chapman admits: "At the moment (Tesco) is making the decisions, not the council or residents."
It should be clear that we cannot rely on the council to protect our communities from predatory companies.
Opponents would do well to learn from examples like Bristol where campaigners recently squatted the old Jester's Comedy Club which Tesco plans to convert into a store.
Concerned of Notts