Talks over ‘planning contraventions’ at new Lichfield Tesco store

The new Tesco Extra in Lichfield. Pic: Steve Lightfoot

The new Tesco Extra in Lichfield. Pic: Steve Lightfoot

Lichfield District Council and Tesco are in talks over “a number of planning contraventions” at the new city supermarket.

The rebuilt store has been open for less than a month but Lichfield District Council confirmed to The Lichfield Blog that they were meeting with Tesco regarding issues that had been brought to their attention.

Areas such as the time of deliveries are believed to be among the issues being discussed by Tesco and council officials.

Richard King, Strategic Director of Democratic, Development and Legal Services at Lichfield District Council, said:

“We are discussing a number of planning contraventions with Tesco, but it is too early in our discussions to comment further.”

However a spokesman for the supermarket giant confirmed that deliveries were one of the areas covered by the talks – but insisted none of the problems were long-term ones.

He explained:

“As with any project such as this, certain conditions must be satisfied and discussions are taking place to make sure that agreements are reached.

“There are only one or two issues and delivery times is one of them. But that is something which the store can fix relatively quickly to make sure they comply.”

And despite the problems, the spokesman insisted the opening of the new store had been a roaring success. He added:

“It’s going very well for Tesco in Lichfield. We’re pleased with the levels of trading and we’ve received some very positive feedback from customers.”

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