Highway planners recommend refusal for Tesco

Romsey Advertiser: Highway planners recommend refusal for Tesco Highway planners recommend refusal for Tesco

ROAD planners have recommended controversial plans for a Tesco supermarket in Romsey be refused. A report by Hampshire County Council’s Highway Authority stated it was “unable to provide a positive recommendation at this time”, in part on the grounds that it believed the current roads would be unsuitable to take the amount and type of traffic generated by such a store. Tesco has said it will be working with the council to address the issues raised. The supermarket giant has put in a planning application to Test Valley Borough Council for a store with a 400-space car park on a six-acre site known as Fairground Field, on the Broadlands Estate. The supermarket giant says it will provide 200 jobs and draw people in to Romsey to shop benefiting other businesses through linked shopping trips. However, opponents fear that the store will cause congestion, damage the setting of Romsey and threaten the viability of town centre shops. As part of the planning process, the county’s highways authority must assess the impact on the highway network. The report states: “It has not been demonstrated that the local highway network is capable of operating adequately and safely with the additional traffic likely to be generated by the site.” It said there were a number of areas that required further assessment. It added that the proposed access for the store onto Bypass Road and a controlled crossing close to the exit of the roundabout would be likely to impact on the safety and convenience of the road users. It found insufficient support for sustainable transport options meaning more car trips, affecting the environment and roads and said Tesco had not demonstrated that there was enough car and cycle parking for the predicted traffic. The report stated concerns that the development would significantly change vehicle movements at certain areas in Romsey and that the proposed improvements were minor. It also raised concern over how delays on the bypass road could affect traffic within Romsey, but did consider the road capable of carrying the estimated 18 delivery vehicles each day without affecting safety. Although the report approved an upgrade of the footpath alongside the Romsey Bypass to a footpath/cycleway, it said further thought needed to go into how this route wopuld connect to the rest of the cycle network. Mayor of Romsey, Mark Cooper, also a county councillor for Romsey and borough councillor for Tadburn, said: “The expressed view of thousands is that traffic volumes and congestion will be a major issue in making a Broadlands Tesco unworkable. “The professional officers of Hampshire County Council agree with them.” A Tesco spokesperson said: “Whilst disappointed, we are pleased that the county council believes our store will be very popular with Romsey customers. We will work with the council to answer the questions raised.”

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11:14am Mon 5 Nov 12

Bartat says...

Mark Cooper says:- “The expressed view of thousands is that traffic volumes and congestion will be a major issue in making a Broadlands Tesco unworkable."

Fair enough Cllr - name them!
Mark Cooper says:- “The expressed view of thousands is that traffic volumes and congestion will be a major issue in making a Broadlands Tesco unworkable." Fair enough Cllr - name them! Bartat
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11:32am Mon 5 Nov 12

Romsey Constituent says...

Why are not such important issues sorted out before an applicant goes to the major expense of submitting a planning application??? On the other hand I suppose the Council is quite happy to accept application fees as yet another revenue stream to add to it's parking fees.Fortunately it is a lot easier to get to Tesco, Tebourba Way now and enjoy free parking and have one's car washed while one shops.
Why are not such important issues sorted out before an applicant goes to the major expense of submitting a planning application??? On the other hand I suppose the Council is quite happy to accept application fees as yet another revenue stream to add to it's parking fees.Fortunately it is a lot easier to get to Tesco, Tebourba Way now and enjoy free parking and have one's car washed while one shops. Romsey Constituent
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1:01pm Mon 5 Nov 12

thesquiff says...

Having lived in Romsey I can say that this Tesco is desperately needed. The town centre shops are hopeless for day to day needs (unless all you want is tea and cake) and only open during working hours. Waitrose is expensive, small, and open limited hours.

I usually had to drive all the way to Southampton to do any shopping - not exactly great for the environment or for traffic volumes on the local roads.

I hope Tesco and the local council can agree a way forward to get it built.
Having lived in Romsey I can say that this Tesco is desperately needed. The town centre shops are hopeless for day to day needs (unless all you want is tea and cake) and only open during working hours. Waitrose is expensive, small, and open limited hours. I usually had to drive all the way to Southampton to do any shopping - not exactly great for the environment or for traffic volumes on the local roads. I hope Tesco and the local council can agree a way forward to get it built. thesquiff
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3:14pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Romsey Constituent says...

In a recent edition of the Advertiser a lady very sensibly suggested that a new road could be put around the back of the new store and The Rapids,in effect extending Burma Road to link with the Southampton Road opposite the allotments.I expect that Broadlands would give up a small strip of land to facilitate this.
Of course there is still the in-built snobbery of certain elements in Romsey who would object to any supermarket other than Waitrose being anywhere in the town.
In a recent edition of the Advertiser a lady very sensibly suggested that a new road could be put around the back of the new store and The Rapids,in effect extending Burma Road to link with the Southampton Road opposite the allotments.I expect that Broadlands would give up a small strip of land to facilitate this. Of course there is still the in-built snobbery of certain elements in Romsey who would object to any supermarket other than Waitrose being anywhere in the town. Romsey Constituent
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5:10pm Mon 5 Nov 12

nory87 says...

Tesco is badley needed in Romsey, lets hope they find away around the issue with the road!
Tesco is badley needed in Romsey, lets hope they find away around the issue with the road! nory87
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10:24am Thu 8 Nov 12

Grumpy-Dad says...

I'm sure that most people would welcome Tesco's if its put and built in the right place. But normally this doesn't happen.
I'm sure that most people would welcome Tesco's if its put and built in the right place. But normally this doesn't happen. Grumpy-Dad
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