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Monks Cross decision

A nine-hour council planning meeting has decided that a controversial out-of-town shopping centre and football stadium should be built on the outskirts of York, despite claims it could sound the death knell for high street shops in the city centre.

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Monk's Cross decision

Artist's impression of the out of town shopping centre
Some traders fear the centre would take away their business

Planners meet today to discuss proposals for a ninety million pound shopping development on the outskirts of York. The Monk's Cross shopping complex would see a new Marks and Spencer and John Lewis store built.

There would also be a new home for York FC, with a 6,000 seater sports stadium. But some traders fear that if approval is given for a shopping centre almost the size of Meadowhall, it would be the death knell for the city.

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