Sherborne Tesco row

The supermarket giant Tesco has announced that it won't be submitting an application for a supermarket in Sherborne. Business owners feared it could take trade away from the town centre.

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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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Protest over supermarket row

Around five hundred people have marched through Sherborne protesting against proposals for a Tesco supermarket.

The demonstration coincided with a consultation by Tesco over plans for a superstore on the outskirts of the town in Dorset. Many shops closed for an hour to show how they think the town centre will be affected.

Sherborne shops close in anti-Tesco protest

Shops in Sherborne closed for an hour this lunchtime in protest at plans for a Tesco supermarket. Traders fear the superstore could take business away from the town centre.

Tesco is asking residents for their views. It wants to knock down a hotel on the outskirts of town to make way for the development.

A separate campaign is also underway in favour of the plan. A consultation session is being held at the moment in Digby Hall.

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