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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tesco Appeal Thrown Out of High Court

Supermarket giant Tesco have had an appeal against a Government Inspectors decision to uphold Liverpool City Council’s refusal to award planning permission, for a massive supermarket, thrown out of a Manchester High Court.

The long awaited Project Jennifer regeneration scheme for North Liverpool has been severely delayed by the legal action taken by Tesco who had, following developers St Modwen’s robust challenge to Tesco’s Destination Kirkby project, been replaced by Sainsbury’s as the anchor supermarket for the scheme. Tesco’s position was that the inspectors’ ruling was wrong on a point of law; the judge did not agree.

The Great Homer Street area can now look forward to new homes, community facilities, a Sainsbury’s supermarket, new shops, and significant public realm improvements to this area of North Liverpool.

Tesco has recently opened a Tesco Metro on nearby County Rd and is understood to have looked into, on more than one occasion, the possibility of building a massive supermarket on the Goodison Park site.

A spokesperson for LCC stated that the decision will be welcomed by the local community and a spokesperson for developers St Modwen’s said “this has been a frustrating time and we can now look forward to delivering this transformational scheme.” KEIOC were unable to obtain a statement from Tesco.

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