York & North Yorkshire

No public inquiry into Malton supermarket plan

Wentworth Street car park, Malton
Image caption The government said the proposals did not conflict with national policies

Plans for a new supermarket in a North Yorkshire market town will go ahead after the government decided not to hold a public inquiry into the scheme.

The plan for the Wentworth Street car park in Malton will, according to developer GMI Holbeck Land, create up to 290 jobs.

A 2,000-strong petition had been organised by opponents of the scheme including the broadcaster Selina Scott.

Ryedale District Council said it welcomed the government's decision.

The government concluded the scheme, which was granted planning permission in March, did not conflict with national policies.

Councillor John Raper, chairman of the Conservative-run authority's planning committee, said: "Following a detailed assessment by the Secretary of State, this announcement justifies the decision and approach taken by Ryedale District Council as the local planning authority."

It has not been confirmed which supermarket chain might be interested in acquiring the Wentworth Street site.

Campaigners had argued the development was not needed and might damage local businesses.

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