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Bad news about the new Tesco in Hattersley. We had called for Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to call a public inquiry into plans for the huge store. He has decided not to intervene, because there is “not sufficient conflict with national planning policies.”

This means that the building will now go ahead because Tameside Borough Council has already approved it, despite over 20 objections and a petition with over 400 signatures.

We are really disappointed and still concerned that it will bring mayhem to an already traffic choked area on the edge of the Peak District. We’re also worried about what a store this size will do to the “soul” of Hattersley, and the fact that it will be built on and impinge on valued, green open space.