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Tesco apply to open shop in Stokenchurch
TESCO has put in another planning application to open a store in Stokenchurch.
The supermarket giant has applied for permission to build a convenience store with a car park at 1, George Road.
It last put in an application for the same site in June 2011, but this included four flats as well.
The last application was refused because of the proposed design, the lack of a proposed contribution towards infrastructure and planning officials said the flats plan would result in a poor living environment.
Resident Marta Baptista said: "As a Stokenchurch parishioner, I agree with the view that there is no need for another convenience store.
"Adding a fourth convenience store to the village will not only cause congestion in an already congested area (school term, that’s the road to school, so it’s quite busy two times a day at least), but would probably and without any reason at all impact the established businesses- three convenience stores, an off licence and the little shop in the service station."
She also said some goods in the village shops have to be more expensive than the bigger shops.
Ms Baptista added: "If I forget to buy something for less money in Asda, Morrisons, Tesco or Sainsbury's, then it’s very convenient for me to have a corner shop that can supply what I need without having to drive all the way into High Wycombe.
"The village shops cannot compete in price with the big names. They kind of compete with each other, and I visit all of them for different things - I have a choice."
There are a number of objections on the planning application with another resident also raising concerns of congestion on that road, due to the school.
Tesco has not responded to a request for a comment.
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