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Tesco Town Centre Impact Questioned in New Report PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 September 2011 15:57

Independent expert analysis casts doubt on the reliability of Tesco’s retail impact assessment, a cornerstone of its planning application for an out of town superstore in Ledbury. Tesco’s own figures maintain that its proposals will not harm Ledbury’s currently thriving town centre but new evidence commissioned by LOTS suggests the opposite.

Prepared by London-based consultants Dalton Warner Davis, LOTS campaigners believe the report shows that Tesco’s impact assessment has been massaged to minimise town centre impact and emphasise ‘local need’.

 

 

The report concludes that any major trade diversion from a town centre already weakened by a poor economic climate should be ‘resisted’. The location of the proposed new Tesco store and the scale of the new store relative to the size of Ledbury are raised as important concerns.

Among the key findings, the report argues that:
•    Concerns over the location of the proposed new Tesco store and the scale of the new store relative to the size of Ledbury “provide clear policy grounds to object to the Tesco proposals.”


•    Tesco’s claim that the Co-op’s future viability would not be threatened, is false. Report author Mary Power, partner consultant at DWD, states: “There certainly are grounds for concern about the viability of the Co-op store, and its partial, or complete loss of turnover would certainly adversely affect the town centre.”


•    The town centre would lose more than it gains, particularly as “the two main foodstores that effectively help to underpin the town centre would close (one store, Tesco, would definitely close and the other, Co-op, would ‘probably’ close). In a weak economic climate, which has made many town centres more vulnerable, a further reduction in turnover from a large new out-of-centre store could have serious consequences.”


•    Tesco fails to provide sufficient evidence of need for the size of the proposed superstore and its impact on Ledbury town centre or the potential impact on the closure of both existing supermarkets on Ledbury town centre’s vitality and viability.


•    The proposed location is not sustainable by all modes of transport and one bus service per hour is not likely to encourage shoppers to travel between the Tesco superstore and the town centre by public transport provision.

‘We have been accused of making up figures about the likely impact of an out of town superstore on Ledbury town centre,’ said Annette Crowe, chairman of the Ledbury Traders’ Association. ‘Now we have a completely independent and measured analysis of Tesco’s calculations, and the evidence is exactly as we have always said: an out of town superstore would seriously damage our High Street. And this in turn would lead to the loss of jobs and ruin our town’s very special appeal to residents and visitors’.

The full DWP Ltd report will be submitted to Herefordshire Council’s Planning Department as part of its submission objecting to Tesco’s planning application.

As soon as the Sainsbury planning application is submitted, LOTS says that it will immediately commission a further independent scrutiny of the Sainsbury impact assessment on the town centre.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 November 2011 13:59
 
Comments (15)
Oh Dear me
15 Sunday, 02 October 2011 16:41
Well Andrew all I have to say to your post is check back over the history of Ledbury and see the exact same objections being raised when the current Tesco's was being proposed and while you at it check against when Somerfields (now CO-OP), Homebase, Leadon Bank (though that one even surprises me) and when the cattle market was closed .. EVERY single time the death of the high street was predicted .. its still here and will be when (not if) one of the stores is built, it may take a few years more but I'll lay a bet that one of them will be built.
Oh dear me Part II, with no doubt many more in production
14 Sunday, 02 October 2011 11:52
Andrew Warmington
This is too silly for words.

LOTS aren´t anti-supermarket. Neither am I. Tesco where it is, IMHO, is a benign presence on our high street. I want it to stay that way. I personally would be quite happy for it to expand as long as it stayed at the current site, though I don´t presume to speak for others on that score. What we are campaigning against is an out-of-town superstore that we believe would have a seriously bad impact on the town centre. Can I put it any clearer?

I understand you are narked about my mis-spelling your name in a previous post but please do chill out a bit, Michael!
Hypocrisy
13 Friday, 30 September 2011 17:39
Michael Lever
Andrew W says "I shop at Tesco (there, I said it)" What he is also saying when he hands over his every little helps Tesco is that he happy to contribute to the ruination of other town centres and small shops that LOTS reason is caused by Tesco but not Ledbury. In other words, not in his backyard, more likely.
Oh dear me...
12 Friday, 30 September 2011 13:00
Andrew Warmington
LOTS are not campaigning against supermarkets as such, but against the out-of-town location and gargantuan size of the two proposed ones. I shop at Tesco (there, I said it) amongst other places and so do others campaigning within LOTS. There have been lots of silly accusations of hypocrisy against us on this score. I´m not sure the challenge was made entirely seriously, but either way I would expect better from an intelligent man like you.
LOTS vs LATS = LOST?
11 Friday, 30 September 2011 09:12
Michael Lever
"I hear that LATS has become LAOS (Ledbury for Any Old Store) as it has changed its affinity from Tesco to Sainsbury!!

Since LOTS as I recall started as Ledbury Opposes Tesco Store before realising that would/could imply being supportive of Sainsbury's, it now apparently opposes anything that might possibly prejudice small trader supporters.
Martin
10 Friday, 30 September 2011 08:30
Trying to be funny doesn't really suit your track record and as you well know the name change is to LESS, as you also know that the orginal group was set up before the Sainsburys application was known, we still support a Tesco's bid (all the post remain on the group page, unlike another group I could mention), though the majority feel a Sainsburys would be the better option and as far as loyalty etc then I think the increase in our group members speaks volumes (393 and still climbing) and of course the way LOTS have treated those who don't agree with them, including the traders they claim to represent where oh where is the LOTS loyalty. The whole LOTS campaign has been based around using scare tactics of 'what ifs' and 'maybes' right down to this "independant" report that Mrs Crowe tried (and failed) to turn into the absolute truth.

Did you happen to see the Television program on ITV yesterday that concentrated on the death of the high street, though it recognised that out of town stores CAN have an effect on high streets, the biggest overall reason for the problem is e.commerce and internet shopping, even one of the people, Mary Portas, that LOTS have used in a lever in their campaign was interviewed and not ONCE did she mention out of town stores as a reason for high street decline, she said that indpendant businesses needed to adapt, find new ways to entice customers .. something we at LESS have been saying for weeks, the cost of rent and rates and the need for independant traders to work together.

Orange bag, nice touch .. I'd rather have orange bags than paper ones, you know the ones that rip and tear under pressure, abit like the LOTS campaign.
Colin
9 Friday, 30 September 2011 01:34
martin alastair cooke
I'm glad you smiled
You'll laugh your head off at this ,,,

I hear that LATS has become LAOS (Ledbury for Any Old Store) as it has changed its affinity from Tesco to Sainsbury!! Has everyone agreed at the same time and by consent?
This shows
1. No loyalty
2. No integrity
3. You don't know what you want except in the words of Tori Amos - "It's gotta be big"

What is it - the orange bag? You know what David Cameron says about plastic bags......
Martin
8 Thursday, 29 September 2011 17:46
I wasn't trying to be funny .. though I did smile at your previous post.
Colin
7 Thursday, 29 September 2011 16:26
martin alastair cooke
you're funny
Reply To Martin Cooke
6 Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:31
Maybe no one has answered your one question because you and LOTS fail to answer so many other peoples questions, NO ONE has said Tesco or Sainsburys are the total answer to Ledburys problems .. but they do go quite a way to helping resolve a number of them.

"Can someone please tell me in what way Tesco's are interested in Ledbury more than they are interested in maximising profit by taking over the whole of the UK? "

Very conspiracy theory, are you actually saying that Tescos in some way are trying to overthrow the current goverment?
Don't you understand that its a buisnesses remit to make money?

If Tescos etc are making better profits in this time of belt pulling then they must be doing something right, how can you say a company making money is a bad thing? Would you say the same about British Aerospace if it had the same report figures ..

As to the "wavering" migrant (not immigrant - immigrant relates to people who will or are applying for citizenship) workers, there has been a steady increase in those number over the last 5 years, can you honestly see that changing.

Sorry Martin your arguements are flawed and pretty meaningless.
hypothesis prediction hypocrisy
5 Wednesday, 28 September 2011 16:37
Michael Lever
""... assuming the report appears to have been commissioned by LOTS or a LOTS supporter, to influence the planning committee to refuse the application...." Michael, you are doing that which you are accusing others of ..... "

I was commenting on the purpose of the report. It is stated that the report is an independent expert analysis but an Independent Expert can only be independent if appointed in an impartial capacity. I'm told the report was commissioned by a client and I presumed, maybe wrongly I don't know, that the client is LOTS or someone to do with LOTS.
hypothesis prediction hypocrisy
4 Wednesday, 28 September 2011 15:20
martin alastair cooke
Michael, you are doing that which you are accusing others of .....

"... assuming the report appears to have been commissioned by LOTS or a LOTS supporter, to influence the planning committee to refuse the application...."
Hypothesis, prediction, and actuality
3 Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:36
Michael Lever
No professional adviser, especially of DWD's calibre, is going to state categorically what will or would happen.

Colin Marschall is correct in saying that Mrs Crowe's pronouncement doesn't tie in with the report. Mrs Crowe cannot possibly know for certain what is going to happen anymore than DWD's report does. All the report does is analyse Tesco's application and provide some possible scenarios with a view, assuming the report appears to have been commissioned by LOTS or a LOTS supporter, to influence the planning committee to refuse the application. LOTS says the report is an 'independent expert analysis' but whether the author of the report was acting in the capacity of expert witness has not been stated but if so then one of the tests for being considered a truly expert witness is that the the expert's conclusion would be the same if acting for the other side.
Tesco v Ledbury
2 Wednesday, 28 September 2011 08:50
martin alastair cooke
Supermarket giant Tesco has rung up record annual profits yet again despite the economic downturn, and declared there is little danger of a double-dip recession in Britain.

Britain's biggest retailer posted underlying pre-tax profits of £3.4bn for the 12 months to the end of February, a 10.1% rise on the previous year

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/apr/20/tesco-rings-up-record-profits-again



TESCO has bagged record profits of more than £10million a day, despite losing out to UK rivals.

The supermarket giant made £3.8billion in the year to March, up 12.3%

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/city-news/2011/04/20/tesco-makes-record-profits-despite-losing-its-way-in-uk-115875-23073287/


Can someone please tell me in what way Tesco's are interested in Ledbury more than they are interested in maximising profit by taking over the whole of the UK?

Colin, despite the potential increase in population over the next 20 years and the wavering immigrant influx in what way is that a reason for a Tesco store 3 times the current size? Not one person has replied to my question of how Tesco alone can solve all the problems of Ledbury.
Tesco Town Centre Impact Questioned in New Report
1 Tuesday, 27 September 2011 18:21
If you read the report, nothing it says is actually stated as "will happen", its all "cause for concern" or "probably" or "not likely" none of which are set in stone, where as Mrs Crowe uses an absolute "would seriously" which doesn't tie into the report. She should have said, "could seriously" which is a big difference, basically the report says what MAY happen, not what WILL, and I wonder if the increase in population was included or the migrant worker influx each year or that the MAJORITY of people (traders included) want a new store.