Tesco drop controversial Sherborne superstore plans

Tesco has dropped its plans to build a supermarket on the site of a hotel near Sherborne, Dorset. It was faced with strong protest from local shopkeepers.

Today I have announced that Tesco has decided not to pursue a plan to redevelop a hotel site in Sherborne into a store. We’ve held meetings in the town, talked to supporters and opponents, discussed with the Council and this week we have concluded it won’t work. Protestors will celebrate, but in the end it was planning, not the protest, which drove this conclusion. Road access to the store site proved too difficult and expensive to resolve, the plan was not workable, so we did not submit an application.

– Chris Bush, Managing Director of Tesco UK