Tesco’s bid for 24-hour deliveries

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Tesco is making a fresh bid to receive deliveries 24 hours a day two years after district councillors rejected a similar application.

The Tesco Supertore, which opened in February 2011 in South Road, is restricted under planning permission granted in May 2010 to its lorries making deliveries between 6am and 11.30am, Monday to Saturday and 8.30am to 8pm on Sundays.

The store wants to be able to receive deliveries around the clock.

Tesco applied to South Kesteven District Council in December 2010 to alter the planning conditions which restricts its deliveries to the store but was rejected.

The district council’s development control committee rejected the change in condition because it felt the store’s neighbours would be disturbed.

However the company is once again applying to expand the hours.

As part of the new application, Tesco commissioned a new noise
test to be carried out by specialists Sharps Redmore Partnership.

The company tested noise levels at 10-minute intervals at points in two neighbouring residential areas, Grosvenor Avenue and Falconway, during two days in May 2012.

The testing found the predicted noise from deliveries in the service yard at the back of the store would comply with the World Health Organisation guideline noise values and is at least eight decibels below 
the existing ambient noise climate.

It also found that peak noise levels from delivery vehicles on arrival or departure at night 
will be below the existing typical peak noise climate.

The assessment suggests there would be no significant adverse impact from the removal of planning 

This is the same conclusion reached in the previous noise assessments in the area from December 2009 and February 2010.

No-one from Tesco was available for comment.