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Tesco to pull out of controversial Bridgwater store

Tesco will not be building a store on the Northgate site. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Tesco has announced it will no longer build a store on the controversial Northgate site in Bridgwater, Somerset.

Controversy over the plans has continued for years, with protests from local residents concerned about independent shops in the town and the use of part of the Brewery Field green space.

The store would have been built on council land which used to be the site of a community swimming pool, which protestors campaigned unsuccessfully to save from closure.

Sedgemoor Splash closed in 2009. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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Tesco gets go-ahead for Tavistock store

Traders in Tavistock are concerned that a superstore will affect their business Credit: ITV News West Country

Plans for a new Tesco supermarket to be built in Tavistock have been approved.

West Devon Borough Council's planning committee went against a planning officer's recommendations.

The town is known for its independent shops and businesses, and people are worried it will affect trade in the town. The new store will create more than 100 jobs.

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FULL REPORT : No to Tesco in Sherborne

It's been announced that supermarket giant Tesco will NOT be submitting an application for a store in Sherborne.

It follows a huge campaign against the plans. People there said it would ruin the High Street and destroy independent businesses. Tesco say it was planning issues, and not just protesters, that drove the decision.

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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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.

Shops close in Sherborne protest

Proposals to build a Tesco supermarket in Sherborne have been met with anger from local businesses. 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.

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