Barking store expansion plans thrown out
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Plans to increase the size of a Tesco superstore by half, thereby creating dozens of jobs, have been thrown out by a High Court judge.
The retail giant hoped to revamp its out-of-town store in Highbridge Road, Barking, and add new product lines to improve its shopping experience.
The multi-million pound expansion plans would have created up to 90 retail jobs and another 50 in the construction industry.
Barking and Dagenham councillors gave the plans the green light in 2011 but they were overturned after an appeal by the nearby Abbey Retail Park in London Road.
High Court judge Alan Wilkie announced the store could no longer expand from 2,768 to 4,088 sq m at the end of a judicial review last month.
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A Tesco spokesman said: “Our existing store remains extremely popular with customers and our team will continue to do their best to serve customers every day.
“We are disappointed to have lost the recent judicial review and are currently reviewing our options.”
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