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Tesco drops plans for a new superstore in Sherborne

Protesters campaigning against plans for a new Tesco superstore in Sherborne Credit: ITV News West Country

The supermarket giant Tesco will not be submitting an application for a superstore in Sherborne.

It follows a huge campaign in the Dorset town against the plans. People said that the supermarket would ruin the High Street and destroy many well established independent businesses.

Tesco says it was planning issues - not protesters that drove the decision.

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Public inquiry into Tesco's Bath plans

Tesco's want to build a new store on the site of the old Bath Press Credit: Tesco plans

A public inquiry's being held today into Tesco's plans for a new store in Bath. Tesco has appealed against the council's refusal to allow the development on the former Bath Press site in Lower Bristol Road to go ahead.

An independent inspector will hear arguments for and against the scheme at the meeting at Twerton Park.

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Sherborne businesses plan Tesco protest

Tesco are proposing to build a supermarket in Sherborne, Dorset. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Shops will close in Sherborne this afternoon in protest at plans for a Tesco supermarket.

Traders fear the superstore could suck life from the town centre. Tesco is asking residents for their views. It proposes demolishing a hotel on the outskirts of town.

A campaign is also underway in favour of the supermarket. A consultation session will be held at the Digby Hall from 2.30pm.

Tesco increases farmers' milk price

Farmers staged protests this summer over low milk prices Credit: ITV West

Farmers in the westcountry who supply milk to Tesco are to get a pay rise of just over 2p a litre from next month. It follows a summer of protests over planned price cuts which saw a series of blockades at dairy processors including Robert Wiseman near Bridgwater.

Morrisons and the Co-Op hiked their prices following the demonstrations. Tesco says the new price of up to 31.58p per litre follows a regular review and is not connected to the protests.

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