Tesco set for legal battle

Tesco has lodged a legal challenge against Sunderland City Council in a dispute over the regeneration of its Vaux Brewery site.

The challenge concerns the council's adoption of a unitary development plan that Tesco argues fails to clarify the site's future and is hindering regeneration.

Sunderland Arc received permission for its mixed-use scheme on the Tesco-owned site in March when former communities secretary Ruth Kelly overruled an inspector's refusal of the scheme, (Planning, 6 April, p4).

Tesco wants a supermarket-led plan but its applications have been unsuccessful. Its High Court challenge is likely to be heard next year.

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