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Greed merchants show their cards: Appeal AND new application. The blackmail starts now.

September 16, 2010

Here’s how it works.

New monster Hypermarket application goes in at same time as appeal for previous application.

New application will have concessions like:

1. In house bus service

2. Fewer car park spaces .

3. Few more trees to hide ugly building.

4. Bit more road tweaking ie. steal more footpath/cyclepath/verge.

5. Another dodgy survey of residents and shoppers.

Pressure will mount on councillor’s from club and wealthy exiled landowner. Concessions will be talked-up by Evening Lost as though they make a massive difference. Deadlines appear like world-cup bid, threats to withhold or delay investment etc. Jamie Oliver style cooked-up books appear to demonstrate the need for Hypermarket.

Then the date of hearing gets near. Funnily enough the new application is set to be heard before the appeal. Then the Greed merchants with the unlimited resources play their trump card to the cash-strapped council:

“Give us the new improved monster hypermarket with concessions and we promise to withdraw the appeal for the old discredited application.”

Faced with expensive drawn-out appeal proceedings that may be lost on the whim of a single appeal officers decision, with very expensive costs awarded against and massive media campaign of intimidation OR the new improved hypermarket without all the hassle of appeal and personal threats, which way would you go?

Greed merchants of course would much rather the new application was approved, no pressure guys. Just give us what we want or else.


Here’s the official greed merchants :’why we need to appeal even though we’ve put in a new much better application’ line:

As well as the revised application, I can also confirm that Sainsbury’s
will be lodging an appeal on the original application. We haven’t taken
this decision lightly and have considered this approach in conjunction
with a revised application to protect both the commercial position for
Sainsbury’s in the development of a new store and the development
programme for a new stadium. The time limit for an appeal expires in three
months and so the decision has been taken to start the appeal process to
ensure that this deadline isn’t reached.

  1. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    September 16, 2010 2:20 pm

    You forgot Bedminsters own, Mike Ford. He will suddenly reappear from the Editors head, to give the views of a “real” local. I would have used the term “agent provocateur” but not too sure about my French spelling!

  2. Richard Lane permalink
    September 18, 2010 5:15 am

    Sorry for lack of content letely, I’ve been away.
    At last! the tactics of the opposition are being adopted.
    I have been saying for a long time that the club and the developers have been too straight.
    Now the gloves are off and we can expect to use the tactics of the green activists. Namely lies, exagerations and scaremongering.
    All we need now is a group of about two hundred of us to join all the residents associations, form pressure groups and portray a sitiuation that is completely different than reality.
    That we as a vast majority are behind the clubs plans, hopefully we can hoodwink the councillors into thinking that we are more than we are.
    I thought I’d join you up with the fairies and see what it’s like.

  3. September 18, 2010 11:35 am

    The scenario of the wealthy landowner along with unscrupulous developer and multinational chain forcing their demands through planning is nothing new and there are plenty of examples. They have the wealth and resources to wear people down. You are entitled to promote your version of events however misguided. The facts have already emerged that the appeal is going to be pressed forward along with a new application. As unofficial superstore cheerleader you might ask why they would do that?

  4. Richard Lane permalink
    September 18, 2010 7:13 pm

    Not blackmail, just a threat. They were not dealt with properly in the first application, so if this is repeated then an appeal will go ahead to rectify matters.

  5. September 19, 2010 8:07 am

    If they have grounds to appeal then they should press ahead with it.
    New application as well combines blackmail and threats-although they are familiar with these tactics so no surprise (planning process favours the greedy developers).

  6. Richard Lane permalink
    September 19, 2010 7:01 pm

    They are pressing ahead with the appeal.
    They are also putting in a new application, anyone can do this, just ask George.

  7. September 19, 2010 8:41 pm


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