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1 In Whose Interest? Is this proposal driven by the economic interest of a supermarket… Or the public interest of our town? Any agreed development plan should strike the right balance between these factors.

2 ► "This town has been sold to Tesco. We are not at the moment a 'Tesco Town', but this will make us one. We've lost our individuality, our identity – the very things that make this place special." - The Mayor of Seaton, Devon. - The Mayor of Seaton, Devon. Views to be aware of…

3 ► Spenhill  the ‘regeneration arm’ of Tesco ► Indigo Public Affairs  Lobbyists employed by Tesco, they are promoting the scheme “We deliver planning committee approval” “Political communication with local councillors and decision makers” “American campaign techniques” They will be targeting our council in coming months…so must we! The Players

4 ► Lobbying by PA company and Tesco ► Less money and hence less capacity ► Fear of legal costs over appeals ► Up against seasoned campaigners ► Need to be to seen to listen to residents ► Outcry if process appears undermined. Challenges for the Council

5 ► Section 106 of the T&C Planning Act 1990  Tesco can negotiate planning permission by paying for amenities the local authority might like to see but cannot afford.  Under this section some planning controls can be dropped.  Was originally used to build roads etc to out of town shopping developments. Greasing the wheels – Section 106

6 By everyone putting in their objection to the Planning Dept by 03 November. Via post or online. ► By putting pressure on your local Councillor to express a view. ► Come to the planning meeting in January ► Join the campaign group and show your support. ► Give us your contact details before you leave! The Way Forward

7 The decision is in our hands! Twenty five such applications have been thrown out nationally so far this year! Act to throw out this planning application

8 “Hans van der Heijden, a Dutch architect who also works in Britain, explains: "It is slightly absurd to make private enterprises responsible for things that are, in the end, public. The interesting comparison is with other private enterprises that created places such as the garden cities, but in those instances there was an element of charity at work related to some form of emancipation and public interest. That seems to be absent here. It's a money machine." (http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/may/05/urban-development-tesco-towns) From a Guardian article about Tesco developments, May 2010:


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