Tesco Brownhills: A planning application at last. Sort of.

Our town's aging retail emporium. Photo by Adrian Rothery.

This is just a short post to point out that there’s recently been a planning application submitted (Walsall planning application number: 09/1832/FL) relating to the Tesco Store in Brownhills, but it’s not what one might expect. Indeed, it’s rather surprising. Spotted by a keen-eyed reader, the retail giant has applied for planning permission to erect a generator system on the roof of the existing store.

The application – submitted just before last Christmas – concerns the installation of a fairly large Combined Heat and Power unit, the explanation of which can be found here (PDF file, Adobe Reader required) in documents submitted along with the proposal. In essence, it’s an engine-driven electrical generator, the exhaust gasses of which can either be used to provide hot water or drive refrigeration equipment.

Given that we were being led to expect news of a new development in by the company in Brownhills, it seems a little odd that Tesco should consider spending what must be a considerable sum of money to install plant at a supposedly life-expired store. I note the literature suggests this equipment can pay for itself ‘in as little as two years’. Hmmm.

If anyone has any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me in confidence; brownhillsbob at googlemail dot com.

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  • Martin

    Seems eminently sensible to me.
    There is little, or no, prospect of Captain Cluless and his cronies having a bright idea in the short term.

    Even if the good capatain or one of his minions wakes up one day with a plan it will take a good few years to put it into action:he’d have to ‘consult’ first, then backtrack, do a few U turns and undermine whichever portfolio holder is in his sights at the time.
    Tesco might as well save a few quid in the meantime; I expect there is a grant involved for capital costs and it allows them to shout about their green credentials, which is fair enough, I think.

    While the captain dithers and vacilates in his imagination-free zone some organisations will simply get on with things.
    Maybe that’s why Tesco is so damn big, and Walsall council is so damn useless?

     
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  • Anonymous

    Hi,
    Thought id email you on January 28, 2010 – Tesco Brownhills: A planning application at last. Sort of.

    Reading this made me laugh as i work at Tesco. So here are some truths about this planning permision and also the New development about the store.

    So first of all this new generator as you may of gathered its going to take 2 years to pay itself off that means no new development for at least 2 years now. Oh and on that front you mention it to the senior managers in our store and you wouldnt belive how quick they are to change the subject.

    The new store that was meant to be built for middle 2010 and then early 2011 and now no mention of it something fishy is going on dont you think? Maybe the whole idea has been thrown out the window?

    Your sincerely
    Anonymous
    (Needs to stay that way, more than my jobs worth)

     
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