Cash & Carry boss Steve Parfett has picked another fight with Tesco, less than two years after losing out to the multiple in Stockport in a planning dispute.

The latest row erupted over Tesco's proposals to build a store in Queensbury, West Yorkshire. Parfett, who owns a depot in nearby Halifax, is organising the protest. Last week he hosted a meeting of local retailers and café owners.

"There are already two Tesco stores within two miles," he said. "Queensbury has a village atmosphere and the development will destroy the town centre. The village has traffic problems in rush hour, and this can only make it worse."

Tesco will submit the planning application in the next couple of months. It dismissed the protest, claiming there was widescale community support for the development.

Earlier this month the supermarket giant held a three-day exhibition to consult with local residents.

"Over 900 people attended and of the 750 who responded, 95% were in favour," said a Tesco spokesman.

In October 2006 Parfett looked to have won a long-running and bitter fight against Tesco when the local authority in Stockport refused to grant the multiple retrospective planning permission. It looked as if Tesco would have to pull down an extension to its store, but the council reversed its decision and granted permission just two weeks later.


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