Five applications submitted for minor works to site of proposed Express store near Westward Ho! slipway.

A sign on the fencing says 'Welcome toWestward Ho! Tesco'.A sign on the fencing says 'Welcome toWestward Ho! Tesco'.

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has submitted planning applications for works on the site of a proposed new Express store in Westward Ho!

The Sunshine Leisure amusements and café already has planning permission for retail use and the applications cover signage, an ATM, external alterations and equipment.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We have submitted some plans for minor works to Torridge District Council.

“These are likely to be reviewed over the summer and we will continue to keep residents updated on progress.

“We have received a number of positive messages from local people who welcome the investment, regeneration and jobs. “

“We believe the store will provide more choice for those who currently shop further afield and it will prove popular with customers. “

After plans were announced in June last year, residents and local business owners mounted a ‘say no to Tesco’ campaign.

Around 200 people marched through the village with placards and signs, culminating in a meeting with spokesmen from the superstore.

In April this year, blue and red fencing appeared around the site and Tesco confirmed it was carrying out improvements on the building.