Council chief backs store expansion probe
THE leader of Newcastle Borough Council has welcomed the decision to hold a public inquiry into a supermarket's expansion plans.
Simon Tagg, right, said he was pleased at the decision as allowing Tesco to expand its Trent Vale store would affect Newcastle traders.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council approved the retail giant's planning application, against the advice of its own officers, in September.
And, as described in yesterday's Sentinel, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government John Denham has now announced there will be a public inquiry.
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Tesco first submitted an application to increase its store size by three quarters, or 9,383 square metres, in August 2008. But the plans raised objections and Mr Tagg said it "should never have been allowed".
He added: "It would affect Newcastle town centre's viability as a retail centre when we are pushing to improve it."