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Scarborough Tesco plan cleared to start

A proposed Tesco store in Scarborough will be built after the government decided not to review a council decision.

Plans for the £14m supermarket on Dean Road were approved by the town's council in December.

The scheme had attracted opposition over concerns about the impact on town centre trade.

The government said the plan did not conflict with national policies, clearing the way for work to begin.

The application had needed to be referred to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government due to its size.

The council said it was pleased the government had not decided to intervene.

Campaigners opposed to the store had expressed fears about increased congestion on nearby roads and the possible impact on traders in the town centre.

A 5,000-signature strong petition against the plan was handed in to 10 Downing Street in September.

However, planning officials told councillors that any impact on trade in the town centre would be "within acceptable levels".

The Dean Road scheme will create around 350 jobs, Tesco said.

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