By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter
ANTI-TESCO campaigners have won the right to appeal against the decision to deny them a judicial review into the granting of planning permission for the Cheltenham Road store.
In March members of the No to Tesco in Stokes Croft applied for a review into the way Bristol City Council dealt with planning applications on the branch. The group believes the authority did not take enough account of the impact of lorry deliveries to the new store.
The High Court refused the application earlier this month – but campaigners have appealed against that decision and an appeal hearing is now due to be heard on June 15. If it succeeds a judicial review could still take place – but it would only be against applications for signs and external works – not the store itself.
“No” campaign member Claire Milne said: “The new Tesco receives over 40 deliveries a week on an extremely busy road, crossing a busy cycle path and bus stop and between two already-congested crossroads and pedestrian crossings. It will be a miracle if no one is seriously injured.”
Council spokesman James Easey said: “We feel all the correct planning procedures have been followed and the council will be represented at this hearing.”