Tesco plan for pub

SALISBURY looks set to lose another pub as supermarket giant Tesco submits plans for a new store.

Tesco has submitted seven planning applications to Wiltshire Council outlining a number of minor changes it wants to make to the former Malmesbury Arms in Wilton Road to convert it into a Tesco Express convenience store.

The supermarket does not need permission for a change of use from public house to retail as it is covered under permitted development rights, but it has submitted applications for various other changes, including signage, installation of an ATM unit and a single-storey rear extension to provide additional retail floor space. A self-contained flat on the first floor would be retained and the company would build a new car park to the rear and side of the building to provide 15 parking spaces.

Salisbury and South Wiltshire CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) said it would be “saddened to see yet another community asset lost due to the current economic state of the industry”.

A few members of the public have objected – one concern was increasing Tesco’s already dominant presence which it was felt would develop into an “uncompetitive and unhealthy situation for customers and small independent outlets”, while two neighbours raised concerns about a lack of privacy and overlooking.

Five of the applications have been withdrawn so they can be revised, and all the applications will be determined together when these are resubmitted.

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7:11pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Schoolmum999 says...

Are Tesco gambling on the fact that there are likely to be 600 students (customers) attending the UTC proposed for the police station opposite? This pub has struggled for a while, but I'm not in favour of changing it to yet another Tesco, not forgetting they already own the convenience chain OneStop I think.
Are Tesco gambling on the fact that there are likely to be 600 students (customers) attending the UTC proposed for the police station opposite? This pub has struggled for a while, but I'm not in favour of changing it to yet another Tesco, not forgetting they already own the convenience chain OneStop I think. Schoolmum999
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5:07pm Wed 5 Feb 14

kenny22 says...

we dont want another tesco in salisbury there are to many as it is,most people ive talk to would prefer an asda superstore and my friends that drive go to the andover or totton,as do my wife and myself most times.
we dont want another tesco in salisbury there are to many as it is,most people ive talk to would prefer an asda superstore and my friends that drive go to the andover or totton,as do my wife and myself most times. kenny22
  • Score: 3

7:07pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Schoolmum999 says...

How about a Morrisons for the Old Manor site? Would provide a supermarket for the western side of town, reduce the traffic on Southampton Road and reduce the likelihood of Sainsbuys building a supermarket on the flood plain that we definitely don't want.
How about a Morrisons for the Old Manor site? Would provide a supermarket for the western side of town, reduce the traffic on Southampton Road and reduce the likelihood of Sainsbuys building a supermarket on the flood plain that we definitely don't want. Schoolmum999
  • Score: 13

6:25pm Thu 6 Feb 14

kenny22 says...

yes i agree with you schoolmum 999 good idea i think.
yes i agree with you schoolmum 999 good idea i think. kenny22
  • Score: 6

9:50am Sat 8 Feb 14

AuraTodd says...

I remember a girl I used to go to school with, her father owned the pub when it was called the hogs head.
I remember a girl I used to go to school with, her father owned the pub when it was called the hogs head. AuraTodd
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