A planning application for the construction of a Tesco ‘Click & Collect’ unit in the car park of Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre has been withdrawn following objections about its proximity to nearby residential properties.
The supermarket giant had wanted to build the customer collection ‘pod’ at a site on the northern boundary of the car park, immediately behind houses in Dewfalls Drive, but it faced opposition from Bradley Stoke Town Council, whose Planning Committee objected on the grounds that the application was “against the spirit of the original planning permission for the site which was to ensure that retail units did not impact on the surrounding houses”.
Two members of the public also objected on similar grounds, while another expressed support because it would “allow those of us who work during the day to participate in the online shopping arena”.
In a letter sent to South Gloucestershire Council last month, the architects acting for Tesco said they wished to withdraw the application and would be submitting a new one, specifying an alternative location for the facility. The published correspondence does not reveal the new location, but the council has been asked to give feedback on any “issues” it might have with it before a formal application is submitted.
The architects’ letter also confirm the operating hours of the proposed facility as 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
The ‘Click & Collect’ service allows customers to order and pay for their shopping online and then collect it within a chosen timeslot from the customer collection point at the store.
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