Villagers' Joy at Rejection of Tesco; Supermarket Bid to Change Pub Is Thrown out Again

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Byline: Michael Brown ? 0191 201 6342 ? m.brown@ncjmedia.co.uk

VILLAGERS cheered as councillors again rejected Tesco plans that would see their community pub turned into a supermarket.

For almost a year the grocery giant has been trying to get the green light to extend the Victoria and Albert in Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, and install a cash machine and air conditioning,.

It returned with fresh applications after seeing its first attempts rebuked by both Northumberland County Council and a Planning Inspectorate appeal. But members of the south east area planning committee voted unanimously to turn down the latest ATM proposal, saying it would lead to increased traffic on an already notoriously dangerous blind corner.

Residents now hope the decision could mean an end to the saga, and that the firm will look at alternative sites.

Yet the village is guaranteed at least one new supermarket after planners also unanimously approved Seaton Valley Co-op proposals for a new store and petrol station, with the creation of 60 jobs.

Father-of-two Stephen Keir, who has led efforts to keep the pub a pub, said he was pleased by the councillors' decision and hoped it would be another nail in the coffin of Tesco's plans.

"The fact that the Co-op plans have gone through without any major objections shows that we're not against development here," he said. …