Supermarket public inquiry starts again

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A PUBLIC inquiry into plans for a Tesco superstore at Halfway is to resume this month.

The retail giant is appealing Sheffield Council’s decision to turn down its proposals for a branch on greenfield land near Ox Hill, Halfway.

When the council rejected the plans, in March 2011, it was said the proposals involved land required for housing in the next five years.

The inquiry began in November and was adjourned until January 25 at Sheffield Town Hall.

Concerns that another supermarket would take trade away from Crystal Peaks and shopping centres like Killamarsh and Eckington were raised on the first day of the inquiry - but Tesco refuted the claims.

The resumed inquiry is expected to last for three days before a final decision is made by the Secretary of State.