A Douglas supermarket is considering its options after planning permission was refused for an extra sales area to be situated in its car park.
Tesco supermarket on Lake Road in Douglas had applied for planning permission to erect a temporary building, made from steel panels on an aluminium frame, to sell seasonal goods.
The 54 square metre outlet, at the west side of the car park exit, taking up four parking spaces was to sell seasonal products from gardening, beach, barbecue and picnic items to TT merchandise and Christmas goods.
Douglas council objected to the proposal. Councillor David Ashford said he believed the environmental services committee had viewed it as ‘expansion by stealth’.
‘I think the feeling was it was an attempt to get around the previous refusal to allow them to expand. They are limited by the site they are on. It’s not an anti-Tesco vote. All applications are assessed individually and the site has limitations.’
Planners expressed concern over access and parking and reluctance to allow more retail development outside the town centre. A spokesman for Tesco said: ‘We’re naturally disappointed with the decision to refuse our application. We’d love to improve our offer for customers, and in the busy seasonal periods this marquee would have helped us to do that. However, we will consider the options open to us.’