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Tesco gets permission needed for Welling store
PERMISSION has been granted which will allow Tesco to open another store in Welling.
The supermarket chain intends transform the ground floor of the closed The Duchess of Edinburgh pub in Upper Wickham Lane, and has been granted permission by Bexley Council’s planning committee to install air conditioning, condensers and signage.
The committee was not able to rule on whether or not Tesco could open a store at the site because the change of use to a retail outlet is permitted by Government planning policy.
Objections about Tesco taking over the store – equivalent to four shop widths - were received by the council before the applications were even submitted, and a total of 15 were sent.
Complainants said that Welling already had enough large stores and a new one would harm existing firms, as well as creating traffic and noise issues.
Bexley Civic Society had no objections to the specific planning applications, but told the council it “rejects the whole concept of another Tesco in Welling”.