Waitrose failed to persuade the town council that it should be allowed to unload lorries at night to re-stock the supermarket. Councillors voted unanimously to recommend refusal of the application to Taunton planners.
Residents of adjoining Orchard Court bungalows spoke at the meeting to persuade the council that Waitrose were being unreasonable in seeking to change the terms of the planning permission for the store to allow night-time deliveries.
“Lorries are already arriving an hour or two before the permitted 7am and we get three big vehicles a day. This is totally out of order,” James Musgrove told the council.
“Waitrose have been good for the town,” said Cllr John Thorne. “But they took the building on knowing the limitations on usage. Waking people up at 3am is not being a good neighbour.”
He was supported by Cllr Gary James, who said: “Asda manage with two deliveries a day and the Co-op has one, so perhaps Waitrose need to employ more people to unload the lorries. This plan is totally unacceptable.”