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Published on August 30th, 2011 | by Dean Carr


Tesco store battles for alcohol licence

Tesco is going back into battle with villagers as it bids to get an alcohol licence for a planned store.

The retail giant wants to sell liquor from 6am to 11pm in the former Eaden Lilley premises in Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, but residents are concerned about possible anti-social behaviour.

The property was the subject of a long-running planning battle earlier this year, which proved controversial because Tesco’s involvement only emerged after approval was granted for an extension – the only point at which limits could have been put on deliveries.

The company got permission for refrigeration plant and signage on the side of the building, but applications for a new shop front, a cash machine and an illuminated sign were thrown out.

Cllr Eileen Bennée, chairman of Great Shelford Parish Council, said selling alcohol for 17 hours a day was unacceptable.

She told the News: “Tesco will sell cheap alcohol in bulk and it will also be open for a lot longer than anywhere else so I think we will ask for it to be limited to the same hours as other shops nearby.

“We have had problems with underage drinking on the recreation ground and while I know Tesco will say they wouldn’t sell to underage teenagers, they might get their older siblings or friends to buy it.”

In a representation lodged with South Cambridgeshire District Council, which will consider the application on September 5, the parish council says the store’s proximity to the park and the risk of noise nuisance to neighbours were key concerns.

In its application, Tesco licensing manager Greg Bartley said all stores follow a ‘think 25’ policy on selling alcohol, that a CCTV system will be fitted, and that managers will usually be on site.

He said: “We intend to be an active member of the community.

“We welcome the opportunity to liaise with the police and the enforcement authorities should the need arise.”

The store is expected to be open between 6am and 11pm daily, according to the application.

Previously, the Shelford Tesco Action Group, which opposes Tesco plan, said it may apply for a judicial review of the planning process, but this will now not go ahead.

Source : Cambridge News

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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188

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