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It's that unique community feel that I would like very much to protect for the future, along with at least two thousand other residents. I worry, that should it be approved, a big modern supermarket blockhouse on the southern-side of Station Road, regardless of its 'High quality PVC fittings,' may set a precedent the town could well do without.
I do understand that people hold a spectrum of opinions on whether a Tesco would be good for Westgate and the debate is welcome but as was pointed out to me yesterday in a letter:
"The Conservation 'report' is not really a report at all, just a couple of sentences expressing vague concern. It is extremely weak, and even criticises several aspects of the design. It does not in any way stand up to scrutiny, and if that is all the report consists of, it is easily challengeable." Furthermore, in the Council's planning statement, much is made of 'compliance' with the current policies, which are exposed as 'selective quotes'. Either these apply or they don't. In recommending the Tesco, the Council's planners cannot reasonably claim compliance with the earlier local plan policies in support of their argument and then claim we can't challenge the same!