Tesco in Seaton wants to extend its operating hours so deliveries to the store can take place from 5am.
The supermarket giant has asked East Devon District Council (EDDC) to vary a condition of the planning permission it was granted in November 2010.
Deliveries are currently permitted to the outlet between 7am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday, and 9am to 10pm on Sundays.
The application proposes a variation by extending the permissible delivery period by two hours in the morning from 5am.
There would be a maximum of two deliveries between 5am and 7am and Sundays would remain unchanged.
The plans state: “The proposal would benefit the store, strengthening its economic position, whilst providing a better service to the local area…and would not result in unacceptable impacts on the adjoining properties.”
A noise assessment has been carried out to evaluate potential impact on the closest homes in Royal Observer Way and Swan Road.
The application adds: “The report pointed out that Tesco had made use of the temporary lifting of delivery curfews due to Covid and had regularly taken deliveries out of the normally permitted hours with no complaints from surrounding properties since April 2020.
“This enabled the consultants to take direct noise measurements for a few hours before the permitted 7am leading to more accurate results. The assessment concludes that there would be low noise impact as a result of the proposed extension.”
EDDC will decide the fate of the plans.