Tesco holds back scheme

Harrogate will remain the only mainland UK postcode area without a Tesco store after the supermarket giant withdrew controversial plans for a shop this week.

Tesco pulled its plans for a 10,062m2 superstore ahead of a special council meeting to consider the application.

The retailer had proposed to build on a former gasworks in the north of the town but met with opposition from local people and the Green Party, which argued that Tesco is destroying high street diversity.

A Tesco spokesman said it withdrew the plans because it had got close to the council's 13-week deadline for major schemes and it would resubmit shortly. "This is a multimillion pound investment. We want to get it right," he insisted.

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