Plan for Tesco supermarket is rejected by council
Plans for a Tesco supermarket on the edge of Looe in South East Cornwall have been rejected by Cornwall Council.
Tesco had applied to build a 25,000sq ft store at the top of the town - opposite the community school.
But there were fears the build could reduce trade in Looe town centre by a third.
The chairman of the council's strategic planing committee today recommended the plan be refused.
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The council decided to reject the scheme on a 16-1 vote.
Councillor Andrew Wallis said: "The Tesco application for Looe has been refused by the Strategic Planning Committee by 16-1"
The decision was welcomed by Looe town councillor Brian Galipeau, who had campaigned to persuade the town council to oppose the building on the greenfield site.
Cllr Galipeau said, "This was the right decision. The good thing about the whole public debate has been that it has built up a very strong consensus in town that we do need a supermarket, but it must support the town centre - which an out of town site can never do.
"Even many of those who more than a decade ago opposed a Tesco in Polean have come to see the benefits, and are listening to what most local people want. We do need to see affordable housing coming out of any alternative scheme, though."
Tesco planned to build 36 homes alongside the new supermarket on Barbican Hill - as well as a 250 space car park and a petrol station.
But a report commissioned by Cornwall Council highlighted the damage that could be down to trade in the town centre - at the bottom of the hill.
Campaigners instead back plans for a supermarket elsewhere in or near the town, such as on the Millpond car park or at Polean, where Morrisons would like to build.