Dorset

Sherborne Tesco plans scrapped over site issues

  • 6 September 2013
  • From the section Dorset
Tesco protest in Sherborne
Former Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton led a protest in March

Plans to build a Tesco superstore which prompted protests have been scrapped as bosses say the site "won't work".

Tesco UK managing director Chris Bush said it decided not to submit a planning application for the site in Sherborne, Dorset, because issues with the site were too expensive to resolve.

The plans included demolishing a 60-bed hotel off the A30 to build the store.

Residents formed a "No Thanks Tesco" campaign against the store and 11,000 signed a petition against the plans.

A protest in March was led by resident and former Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton as a public consultation by Tesco opened.

Mr Bush said: "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."

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