Tesco has received its second setback in Liverpool in a week after its plans for a 91,000 sq ft store in the city’s Project Jennifer development were blocked.

Planning authorities put a halt to an appeal by the UK’s largest retailer following a public inquiry.

The news comes after the government last week vetoed Tesco’s joint bid with Everton FC to regenerate the city’s Kirkby district with a new 50,000-seat football stadium, a Tesco Extra and 40 new shops.

Supermarket rival Sainsbury’s is already committed to building a 110,000 sq ft store in the Project Jennifer scheme, which also includes plans for 80,000 sq ft of non-food retail space, plus hundreds of market stalls and 481 new homes.

“We have always believed that what is needed here is a scheme to regenerate the district rather than just a standalone store,” said Peter Millea of Liverpool City Council.

“This decision will enable us to go ahead with a comprehensive regeneration scheme that is overwhelmingly supported by the local community.”

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