Aldi and Lidl 'plan convenience store roll-out'

Reports that discount supermarkets Aldi and Lidl have 'parked their tanks firmly on the lawns' of their rivals as they revealed plans to open their own high street convenience stores feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Independent reports that the pair "hope to win customers from Tesco Metros and Sainsbury’s Locals in one of the fastest growing areas for grocers".

An article in the Sunday Times (subscription required) says that Sainsbury’s, which recently launched a high-profile Christmas advertising campaign depicting a First World War truce between German and British soldiers, has been accused of hypocrisy over its plans to demolish a sports ground which was built as a memorial to men killed in the conflict. The newspaper says campaigners have urged the firm "to abandon plans to demolish the Memorial Stadium in Bristol, created by public subscription to honour 300 rugby players who dies in the war", to make way for a new store.

An article in the Observer profiles London’s high-rise office towers. The newspaper says "financial woes and design glitches have not stopped London’s skyscrapers from changing hands for dizzy sums".

Observer columnist, Catherine Bennett, accuses the Prince of Wales of hypocrisy over his stance on preserving the countryside. Bennett says the Prince of Wales "and his ilk ride roughshod over legitimate concerns for preserving our landscape".

The Guardian picks up on news last week that a Cornwall neighbourhood plan could block the spread of second homes. The newspaper says the St Ives area draft neighbourhood development plan, "one of more than 1,000 such blueprints being prepared around the UK under the 2011 Localism Act", suggests imposing a "full time principal residence requirement" on all new homes.

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