Calow Tesco pub plans thrown out by council

Calow residents protesting outside NEDDC offices in Chesterfield. Gary Poiney and grandaughter Errin Poiney.
Calow residents protesting outside NEDDC offices in Chesterfield. Gary Poiney and grandaughter Errin Poiney.
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A second attempt by Tesco to get planning permission for changes to a pub they want to buy and develop has been rejected.

Campaigners were celebrating after North East Derbyshire District council’s planning committee voted against the supermarket giant’s proposals for an extension and signage, at Somerset House pub on Top Lane, Calow.

Vic Hawksworth, of campaign group ‘Save Our Somerset’ said they were “chuffed” at the result, but wouldn’t call it a victory.

“We aren’t sure if Tesco are going to appeal,” he said after Tuesday’s meeting. “We have heard of cases where it has been dragged out for five or six years.”

Planning permission isn’t required to turn the pub into a shop, but consent for an extension was rejected by the council, who said it would impede on traffic flow on Chesterfield Road, which runs past Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Cllr Betty Hill told the meeting: “I’m concerned about highways. I was unlucky enough to have a heart attack in 2007 and would not like to think that an ambulance going anywhere would have to stop while a Tesco wagon pulls in to unload.”

John Ferguson, planning agent for Tesco said: “Tesco wouldn’t open a store where it is unsafe to do so.”

Planning permission for Tesco branded signs on the old farmhouse building were also rejected. Dozens of Calow residents gathered outside the council offices on Saltergate before the meeting, to voice their concern over proposals for the village, including gas extraction on land off Dark Lane.