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Tesco shelves Holmfirth store bid

A Tesco store in West Kensington, London
The planned Holmfirth store featured a petrol station and recycling area

Supermarket giant Tesco has withdrawn plans for a new store in a small West Yorkshire town.

Residents had been campaigning against plans for a superstore in Holmfirth, home of the long-running BBC comedy series Last of the Summer Wine.

The 6200 sq-m store would have been in New Mill Road, about two miles from the town centre.

Tesco said it had withdrawn its planning application but would be submitting new plans in the future.

Jennifer Duncan, Tesco's corporate affairs manager, said: "We remain committed to our proposed investment in Holmfirth and all the benefits this will bring.

If Tesco comes back we will be ready
Campaigner Margaret Dale

"We have made good progress in our discussions with Kirklees Council, but feel more time is needed to address some of the details of our plans.

"This will enable us to continue dialogue with officers as we work towards resubmission."

Tesco said a large superstore in Holmfirth would offer more choice to residents.

But locals feared the store would ruin the town's character and cause congestion.

By Monday Kirklees Council had received 1,193 letters and emails from people who objected to the planning application and 82 submissions from supporters.

Margaret Dale, of the Keep Holmfirth Special campaign, said Tesco's withdrawal of the planning application "just proves that people's views matter and they count".

Mrs Dale added: "In every aspect that development in that location at that size is inappropriate for a town such as Holmfirth.

"Keep Holmfirth Special is about the future of the town, it's not just anti 'out-of-town superstores'.

"We will be continuing to make sure Holmfirth thrives. If Tesco comes back we will be ready."



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