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Oakham Tesco expansion decision deferred

A decision on controversial plans to expand a Tesco store in Rutland has been deferred.

The supermarket giant wants to increase the size of its premises and car park in South Street, Oakham.

The council's development and licensing committee voted against the proposals, but a final ruling was due to be made by the full council this month.

A meeting will now be held on 8 November, to give Tesco time to review the plans, said the authority.

Leader of Rutland County Council, Roger Begy said: "It was a difficult decision for councillors to make, as we are aware of the impact delaying such a decision will make.

"However, we need to get this right for everyone concerned.

"If that means deferring the decision to give Tesco time to reconsider their plans, which could be more acceptable to the public, then that is a positive step forward."

The council said it has received a 1,400-signature petition against the application.

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