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Rainham shopkeepers vow to keep fighting proposed Tesco expansion that could threaten high street

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:01 08 August 2017

Rainham shopkeepers celebrating the plan for a pod of services being opened at nearby Tesco's being rejected

Rainham shopkeepers celebrating the plan for a pod of services being opened at nearby Tesco's being rejected

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Shopkeepers in Rainham Village are celebrating after a proposed expansion by Tesco was turned down by Havering Council, but have warned against complacency.

The supermarket giant had applied for planning permission to install a “pod” outside its Bridge Road megastore which would have accommodated a dry cleaners, a key cutters and watch repairs store, all with unique illuminated signage.

Ward councillors successfully opposed the plans in defence of the neighbourhood’s independent high street and the plan was rejected by the council’s regulatory committee on Thursday, despite council officers recommending permission be granted.

Cllr Jeffrey Tucker, who runs Rainham Goldmine Jewellers on the Broadway, told the Recorder that although local shopkeepers were celebrating the win, they were still cautious that the story was not over.

He said: “It’s great and we’re all really happy about it, but if Tesco put forward a new application we’ll have to fight that one too.

“We’ll keep fighting it, the battle isn’t over.”

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