Judge rejects Scunthorpe shopping centre appeal

Proposed development
Image caption The £20m development will include retailers Marks and Spencer and Debenhams

A judge has refused an appeal aimed at stopping the building of an out-of-town shopping centre in Scunthorpe.

The decision means work can start on the £20m project on the site of the former Trent Valley garden centre.

The court action was brought by the owners of a shopping complex in the centre of Scunthorpe, who claimed the development would affect trade.

Councillor Liz Redfern, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said she was "delighted".

Tenants earmarked for the new development include Marks and Spencer and Debenhams.

'Major milestone'

The council had twice approved the scheme.

Threadneedle Property Investments, owners of the Foundry shopping centre in Scunthorpe's High Street, was asking for the right to appeal against a High Court judgement that ruled the plan could go ahead.

Ms Redfern said: "This is a major milestone... It means that this major investment in retail development can finally get under way.

"The development will create 300 much-needed retail [jobs] and a significant number of construction jobs and will attract shoppers far and wide."

The BBC was unable to contact Threadneedle Property Investments for a comment.

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