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Golden Triangle News - New Tesco store gets go-ahead

After the 7 year battle with local residents who are opposed to the new store, on the 29th January, Tesco was granted permission to build a new Express store on the corner of Unthank Road and Trinity Street
The site for the new Tesco store on corner of Unthank Road and Trinity Street, Norwich
The site for the new Tesco store on corner of Unthank Road and Trinity Street, Norwich | Photography by
Some of the concerns cited in the opposition to the planning application were that the  increased traffic the store will bring, both delivery lorries and cars, will lead to an increase in illegal parking in the side streets as there is only a limited number of parking spaces available. Increased congestion and tailbacks caused by the delivery lorries may also lead to an increase in side roads being used as rat runs, not to mention the safety issues for cyclists and pedestrians.

The area already has a broad selection of shops which may be adversely affected by the new store, possibly leading to closures and the units standing empty. Among numerous other concerns, are such issues as refuse disposal and increased litter, noise disturbance and increased pollution.
Local ward Councillor and Green Party Parliamentary candidate for Norwich South, Adrian Ramsay said on the Norwich Green Party Website: "I'm extremely disappointed by this decision and by a planning process that allows a remote planning inspector from outside the area to overturn the democratic decision of local councillors and the wishes of the hundreds of local residents who have consistently written in to object to Tesco applications for this site. Local campaigners have managed to delay this Tesco by four years by getting the Council to repeatedly turn it down but it is very frustrating that it has now been given the go-ahead.

"I hope we use the strong feeling against a Tesco store to ensure that the local shops in the area are still supported but I'm concerned about the tricks Tesco often uses to undermine competitors. I'm also very concerned that this decision means more delivery lorries will be brought to an already busy and congested street."

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