CHESTERFIELD: Tesco’s pub plans blocked again

The Crispin campaigners
The Crispin campaigners

Tesco’s plans to take-over a Chesterfield pub have been thwarted once again after councillors turned down its latest application.

The supermarket giant wants to turn The Crispin on Ashgate Road into a store, but its current plans were rejected by Chesterfield Borough Council at a meeting on Monday - to the delight of regulars.

Ward councillor and resident Howard Borrell said: “This result is a real bonus. National planning law needs changing and it was hard - and brave - for the councillors to go against the advice of council officers.

“Tesco should walk away from this battle and show some humility and pragmatism. I expect them to fight on as they look to spread their tentacles remorselessly across North Derbyshire.”

Tesco can turn the pub into a store without planning consent, but has submitted two applications to demolish a conservatory and build an extension and for front and side alterations to the building.

Residents spoke out at the meeting. Trader Karen Bagnall said: “This community is fed up of Tesco. They can take over pubs without planning permission that is the law but it’s wrong. Now they want to take over a pub that is up-and-running and build on to it.”

Councillors voted against the plans on the grounds of noise and traffic congestion.

Cllr Ian Callan said: “I feel we are over a barrel and we are being bullied by Tesco.”

Tesco is currently appealing the council’s previous decision to reject an application for plant equipment and an ATM at the site.

Tesco insist its plans will provide around 20 jobs and an “excellent community store.”