In 2007 plans were submitted to Hyndburn Council for a 45,000 sq. ft Tesco store. Local retailers started a campaign to oppose the development. For further information please see the local media coverage.
Great Harwood, Lancashire
In January 2008 the application was approved but the Local Government Office in Manchester ordered a 4-day public inquiry which started on July 7th 2008.
On 5th December 2008 an article in the Blackburn Citizen reported that Government Inspector, Philip Ware, has refused Tesco permission to open a new store in Great Harwood. He concluded there was no longer a need for the store in the town after a £32million Tesco store off Eagle Street, Accrington, was approved following a seperate planning enquiry.
On the 23rd June 2009 Hyndburn planning committee approved a 4,900 sq m Tesco store on Queen Street, Great Harwood. For more information please see an article in the Lancashire Telegraph, 24th June 2009.