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Residents call for Tesco talks

PUBLISHED: 13:09 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 24 August 2010

Fears: Residents are worried about traffic and noise

Fears: Residents are worried about traffic and noise

by Alex Wellman Residents fearful of a supermarket giant clogging up their area with noise and traffic are calling for meetings to protect their future. Homeowners and lessees in Belsize Road, West Hampstead, are reeling after permission

by Alex Wellman

Residents fearful of a supermarket giant clogging up their area with noise and traffic are calling for meetings to protect their future.

Homeowners and lessees in Belsize Road, West Hampstead, are reeling after permission was given to Tesco at Camden Town hall in Judd Street, St Pancras, on Thursday August 28to build a store on the grounds of the old Britannia pub.

Almost 70 letters of objection had gone into the council with residents fearful of increased traffic and noise from fridges and air conditioning making life almost unbearable.

Virendra Ahuja, Sheridan Court (management) Limited, said: "We are very, very disappointed that the decision went against us but planning regulations are stacked against ordinary people.

"If this shop is open 24 hours it will create havoc in our lives. Whatever enjoyment we are entitled to as lessees will be totally finished.

"I met with them (Tesco) in October last year and we a re ready to have a friendly, co operative and caring relationship and we would appreciate a meeting with them."

Cllr Janet Grauberg, Kilburn ward, said: "Everybody was disappointed and people still think that this will have a detrimental effect on their way of life.

"In the meeting Tesco were strongly advised to set up a residents meeting. I think that is a real step forward and would not have happened if we did not make a fuss.

"There was nothing the local planners could have done to overturn this. They would have lost on appeal so now it is about getting the best for the residents."

Council chiefs said their hands were tied as the high street giant did not need to change the use of the property as it was regulated by licensing laws as a pub.

When the Times contacted Tesco the store said the shop would not be open 24 hours and would most likely be open from 7am to 11pm.

A Tesco spokesman said: "In line with wishes of planning committee we will be happy to meet with residents as we work towards the completion of this store."

alex.wellman@archant.co.uk

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