The Vision Group's 2005 Report recorded misgivings about the retailer:
There have been concerns about the impact of delivery lorries on traffic:
Disaster zone - Letters - Sidmouth Herald
And the bigger picture of the impact of supermarkets has been addressed:
Supermarkets: What Price Cheap Food? | Communities Before Developers
However, there is also the view that supermarkets provide greater choice:
Morrisons please - Letters - Sidmouth Herald
Meanwhile, there have been 'supermarket issues' elsewhere in the District, with the District Council itself trying to determine the different options:
As well as looking at the bigger picture, through its Vitality of High Streets and Town Centres report:
The biggest option of late being what the District Council should do about the Tesco decision to scale back its plans for development at Seaton:
Affordable homes in DevonFriday 30th August 2013
Property News - Weekly affordable homes round-up
Tesco withdraws offer of affordable housing as part of East Devon seaside development plans | Exeter Express and Echo
The giant and the affordable home | Susie Bond
Seaton: EDDC votes to share the profits with Tesco but no affordable housing on the site | Sidmouth Independent News
These are the plans from Tesco's:
A VISION FOR SEATON
Tesco’s vision for regenerating the town includes a supermarket, Visitor Centre, cycle track, leisure and tourism facilities and new housing. They will serve local people in Seaton and help to attract thousands of new visitors to the area.
The current economic climate means that there is uncertainty as to when other developers will be ready to join us and invest in the site, but they have expressed an interest.
Tesco New Store Plans | Seaton, Devon
This has been a long and sorry tale:
Tesco invades Seaton – closing the nursery and holiday village - Home News - UK - The Independent
'This town has been sold to Tesco' | Society | The Guardian
With local campaigning groups set up to question the project of a 'Tescotown' in Seaton:
Stand Up For Seaton (SU4S)
Bizarrely, however, it seems that property development is more attractive to retailers:
Now supermarkets want you to live over their shops
In the last couple of years, the big five seem to have woken up to the idea of developing homes alongside their retail portfolios, says Robert Davis, research director of Glenigan. He estimates that between them Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Asda and Morrisons completed just 267 units in 2012, but that this will soar to more than 1,000 this year and double again next year. Some of these projects were first dreamt up nearly a decade ago but the complexity of gaining planning permission and assembling the sites mean that they are only now coming to fruition.
Now supermarkets want you to live over their shops | Business | The Observer
See also: Futures Forum: Can anyone save the High Street?
Futures Forum: Are 'retail parks' a good thing?