Parfetts Cash Carry has set up a campaign against a newly opened Tesco Extra store in Stockport, Cheshire, which has exceeded its permitted size by more than 18,000sq ft.
Outline planning permission limited it to 101,500 sq ft, but the store opened in November despite busting the limit by almost 20%.
Stockport-based Parfetts has launched a campaign on behalf of its customers in an attempt to make Tesco comply with the planning regulations.
MD Steve Parfett said he was concerned the council would be unwilling to take any action, because it feared the cost to local taxpayers of the drawn out legal challenges which history had shown Tesco would pursue.
“The dominance of the multiples has always been a major concern for our customers and this is another example of big business riding roughshod over everything in its way. The additional area of the store is the size of 20 average c-stores,” he said.
“Tesco has made a retrospective planning application and confidently anticipates that the council will not take any enforcement action. If Parfetts, or any of our customers, breached a planning approval in this way we would not only be challenged, but also made to comply with the original approval. We feel very strongly that this new planning application should not be just a formality for Tesco.”
Parfetts is encouraging customers at its Stockport depot to contact the local council with their objections, and to sign a petition which will be submitted to Stockport Council before it has to reach a decision on the retrospective planning application.