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Decision due on revamped Tesco
The existing Tesco at Bradley Stoke
The proposals go before council on Thursday
The government could make the final decision on the controversial expansion of a major Tesco store in South Gloucestershire.

Plans have been published by Tesco, which wants to rebuild its Bradley Stoke store to create a "town centre".

The company initially applied for permission to redevelop the store in 2003. Many local residents, and rival Morrisons, have since complained.

Tesco said if approved, building work would begin in spring 2007.

The two planning applications go before South Gloucestershire Council on Thursday and both are recommended for approval.

But because of the size of the scheme, the applications come with the recommendation that they be referred to the Government Office for the South West if approved.

It could ultimately refer the application for a public inquiry.

If the plans are approved but there are objections on planning grounds, the Government Office has to call them in.

If the plans are rejected, Tesco can appeal - which would be heard by the Planning Inspectorate.

Town centre

Under the plans a new store would be built in 2007 before the existing building was demolished.

The petrol station would be moved and there would be provision for new shops and a bus interchange.

New parking for 1,130 cars and a town square are also planned.

Bradley Stoke Town Council said it welcomed the proposals.

But concern has been raised about the impact on the area's roads.

Tesco plans to put 250,000 towards running new buses into the site within five years.




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