Public opposition is growing over plans to convert a Lutterworth pub into a supermarket, as scores of people put pen to paper to express their concerns.
The planning application to convert The Sir Frank Whittle pub into a Co-op store has now attracted more than 130 letters of objection from people in the town.
Just two of the submissions are in support of the plan.
Objections raised by residents include concerns about the need for an additional store at the location, increased traffic, the threat to other local businesses and over the loss of the pub.
People are also worried the supermarket would drive footfall away from the town centre and about noise from an outside air compressor which will provide air conditioning in the store.
The pub opened in the early 1970s. It was previously called The Balloon.
The pub is owned by Marston’s Brewery but it has entered into an agreement with Midlands Co-operative Society. The area is already served by Linden Food Stores and Off License.
In its application to Harborough District Council, Marston’s says tough trading conditions have resulted in the pub having four tenants since March 2007.
The report states: “In light of challenging economic conditions, a reducing spend in the leisure market, and a public house which is demonstrating lack of viability, Marston’s have reviewed the Frank Whittle and determined that the public house is surplus to requirements and can no longer operate in its present form.”
Among those objecting to the plans are Willowtree Crescent resident John Baggaley, who said: “I don’t think we need another supermarket in Lutterworth. I have been using this pub since it opened in 1972. We don’t want lorries coming down Holly Drive.
“I object with all my heart. It will close the shops nearby and that will mean more empty shops.”
Madukar Patel, who owns Linden Stores, said: “Traffic and noise levels will increase if the planning application goes ahead, that’s my main concern.
“There are number of young children who use the gate at the recreation ground in the morning and evening time.”
To view the plans and comment online, search for planning application number 13/01387/FUL at www.harborough.gov.uk/planning.