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EAST RIDING FENDS OFF TESCO BID

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East Riding of Yorkshire Council planning committee has refused a planning application from Tesco to build a superm...
East Riding of Yorkshire Council planning committee has refused a planning application from Tesco to build a supermarket in the medieval market town of Beverley, reports the Independent (p9).

Tesco is expected to appeal to environment secretary John Prescott against the decision.

Opponents say superstores, which number around 1,000 in total across the UK, hit small traders hard.

According to the newspaper, grocers are closing at a rate of 800 a year and butchers at a rate of 1,000 a year.

And a report published by C B Hillier consultancy in September claimed superstores reduced trade in local shops by up to 50 per cent.
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