The Tesco Express in Little Chalfont is set to be converted into three smaller units.
The store in Chenies Parade will be transformed in three different units with external changes such as new front doors and changes to rear windows.
Speaking to ChalfontsNews, Brian Drew, chairman of Little Chalfont Parish Council, commented on the approved planning application.
He said: “Little Chalfont Parish Council’s planning committee recommended that the application be refused and was therefore disappointed when it was subsequently approved by the planning authority, Buckinghamshire Council.
“The parish council had argued that Little Chalfont residents greatly value the presence of a convenience store of the size of Tesco Express on Chenies Parade, which also increases footfall at the other businesses there, helping to maintain the viability of the shopping centre.
“However, planning permissions are not always implemented, and what finally happens may depend on the outcome of discussions between Tesco and the owners of the building.”
A Spokesman for Buckinghamshire Council said: “We did receive objections raising concerns over the loss of a larger retail unit and the potential impacts that this could have on the vitality and viability of the shopping centre.
“However, given that there is no loss of overall retail space, it is considered that the proposed sub-division would retain and maintain a healthy local shopping centre, providing an appropriate mix of uses, and one that would preserve the vitality and viability of the centre.
“In light of this, it is considered that the proposed subdivision would adhere to the requirements of the policies – Core Strategy Policy CS18 and Local Plan Policy S1, S3, S7 and S11, and be consistent with the National Planning Policy Framework. Accordingly, there were no reasonable grounds for which a refusal could have been warranted.”