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The Co-op has won a legal challenge to stop an Asda store being built in Cinderford.
Forest of Dean District Council previously gave permission for the new retail store on land at Steam Mills Road in January.
But the Co-op, which already has a store in the town, applied for a Judicial Review and a judge at the High Court has ruled in their favour.
Pro-Asda campaigners in Cinderford are celebrating after Co-op lost a legal bid to stop the rival supermarket from opening in the town.
Asda had been given permission to open a store by Forest of Dean District Council but Co-op asked for a judicial review.
But the High Court has thrown out the review, and the supermarket will now have to fork out £1,000 to pay for the council’s legal costs.
The pro-Asda campaigners marched through the town at the weekend from the proposed site opposite Cinderford Skate Park up the hill to the Co-operative store:
Dozens of people braved the rain to stage a protest march in favour of a new supermarket in the Forest of Dean.
Plans for a new Asda store in Cinderford have been blocked following a legal challenge from the local Co-Op.
The demonstration has revealed tensions in the town between groups for and against the development, as Tanya Mercer reports.
Not all are in favour. Full interview with a campaigner against the proposed store. He wishes to remain anonymous because he's worried about repercussions.
Full interview with campaigner Adrian Lane.
People in favour of a new Asda store at Cinderford have staged a march along the town's high street.
The Co-Op has taken legal action to block plans for the store. Forest of Dean District Council has backed the proposals.
A further planning application is to be considered in the New Year.
Residents in Cinderford are to stage a further protest in favour of a new Asda store later this morning. Last month nearly 200 people joined a demonstration against the local Co-Op's legal challenge against the development.
More than 1,400 people have signed up to a Facebook page backing the plans, which have been supported by Forest of Dean District Council. Mid-Counties Co-Op is seeking a judicial review. The Co-Op has previously seen off plans by Tesco to build in the town. Protesters plan to march at noon.