Tesco wants to open an Express store in Royston. The building is in a conservation area. The Town Council objected to all four applications.
A planning application for an Aldi supermarket and an M&S Foodhall at the site between York Way and the A505 was submitted to North Herts District Council in April and was validated last week.
The 30-acre site was given planning permission for a food store in 2014 part of the multi-million pound Royston Gateway project – with a Waitrose proposed to be built there together with a new Johnson Matthey storage facility.
Tesco is planning to open a new Express convenience store in a new building currently being constructed in Market Hill, Royston. When planning permission was initially granted for the building, opening hours were restricted to 8am-9pm. But, Tesco is now seeking to have these extended to 7am-11pm Monday-Saturday, and 8am-9pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The Town Council and North Herts District Council both object to these changes.
Royston Town Councils planning committee opposed each of the four planning applications submitted by Tesco for its Express store. The applications included building six security bollards at the front of the store, installing plant equipment on the first floor including ventilators, placing a cash machine at the front of the store and creating an illuminated shop front.