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Oakham Tesco expansion approved by council

Controversial plans to double in size a Tesco store in Rutland have been approved by the county council.

The supermarket giant says increasing the size of its premises and car park in South Street, Oakham, could create as many as 100 jobs.

The council said 1,400 people had signed a petition protesting at the expansion of the store.

However a Tesco spokesman said: "More than 3,000 people signed a petition in favour of expanding our Oakham store."

He added: "We are of course, very pleased that Rutland councillors have approved our proposal.

"The extension will offer greater choice and ensure that local people can do their shopping within the town, as well as attracting more visitors to the town centre.

'Convincing arguments'

"We will also be looking to create as many as 100 new jobs at the upgraded store."

In September the county council's development and licensing committee turned down the plan because of concerns over the effect on shops in the town centre.

Council Leader Roger Begy commented: "This was a very difficult decision for councillors to take as local residents put forward convincing arguments about the potential impact of this application.

"However, as I hope we made clear at the meeting, councillors have to vote with their head and not their heart. The planning application has to be judged against planning policy and this expansion ticked every box."

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