An artist's impression of how the new Tesco store should look.
Residents in Sleaford are angry at a council decision to give a supermarket giant the go-ahead to build a new store.
Tesco has now taken a firm foothold in the market town after plans for a new superstore were approved by members of North Kesteven District Council's planning committee.
The application to redevelop the former Advanta Seeds site includes a new link road to cut across the Boston Road recreation ground and redevelopment of the existing Tesco site in Northgate.
It went ahead despite protests from hundreds of residents from across the Sleaford area who wrote, e-mailed, telephoned and petitioned the council and its councillors to oppose the applications.
Most of their concerns were not about the superstore itself but related to the knock-on effects, one of which will see a recreation ground destroyed and 47 rare, ancient trees ripped out.
It is to allow for a new link road which will run from Boston Road, with a bridge over the railway line, and across to Mareham Lane. The road will cut right through the Sleaford Town Council-owned recreation ground in Boston Road.
And it means the permanent closure of Southgate level crossing.
The council states that at least 0.7 hectares of land will be offered in compensation to the 0.48 hectares that are being lost on the Boston Road Recreation Ground. Further mitigation will be provided by tree planting.
Joy Knight (32) of Ashfield Road, Sleaford said: "I am dismayed, appalled and very upset."
Leader of North Kesteven District Council Marion Brighton said: "The approval of the three planning applications for the link road, new Tesco store and development of the Northgate site mark the sign of the future of Sleaford's economy."
The development also spells the demolition and rebuilding part of the entrance to the Bass Malthings which is of historic interest to English Heritage.
For more on the approval of the Tesco store, see Thursday's Echo.