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New store upsets residents
A Tesco store
Tesco says 450 jobs will be created by the new store
A supermarket store planned for a housing estate in South Gloucestershire has angered some local residents.

The proposed re-development of the existing Tescos on a seven-hectare site in Bradley Stoke would incorporate a Tesco Extra and a car park for over 1,000 cars.

Residents claim the location is too close to homes.

Tesco says there will be a full public consultation on the proposals in the near future, "so everyone can have their say".

What we want is a thriving centre. It doesn't benefit us to stand alone
Tesco spokesperson

One member of the newly formed Dewfalls and Wheatfield Drive Residents Association told BBC News Online: "Over a 100 people attended a meeting about this last week and we have been in touch with our MPs.

"We want to work with the council to get something done. This is not what the people here have been waiting for.

"We want an area to be proud of, an area to walk around on an afternoon looking in the shops, an area to sit and have a coffee, surrounded by areas to park in."

'No block'

"What has been planned is a hypermarket, a car park and a few shops."

Tesco refutes this, saying nine other retailers will be included, and concession stores within the main store are being considered.

"There is no block on what is sold in the other shops, a Tesco spokesperson said

"What we want is a thriving centre - it doesn't benefit us to stand alone.

Tesco says 450 jobs will be created by the redevelopment and that the existing store has car parking provision for 500 cars

The proposal was submitted to South Gloucestershire Council in February.

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