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Scarborough Tesco and Sainsbury plans to be approved

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Image caption Council officials believe the plans would benefit Scarborough's economy

Plans for two supermarket developments in Scarborough have been recommended to be approved by councillors.

Tesco wants to replace its existing Westwood store with a larger one on Dean Road while Sainsbury's wants to expand its Falsgrave store.

A 5,000-signature petition against the Tesco proposal was handed into Downing Street in September over concerns about the possible impact on the town centre.

Scarborough Borough Council is expected to approve both plans on 8 December.

The petition was organised by Scarborough Town Against Tesco Store (STATS), a group formed by local residents opposed to the plans for the Dean Road site.

Their main concerns are the possible effects on local businesses and traffic.

However, officials said in their recommendations to councillors that the impact on the town centre would be "within acceptable levels".

The recommendations added: "Both proposals would result in expenditure in the local economy during the construction period and would result in the retention and creation of new jobs.

"The economic and employment aspects of the proposal are therefore considered positive."

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