The retail giant has lodged an application with the Competition Appeal Tribunal to challenge the commission's proposal to introduce a competition test into the UK planning system because it “does not remedy the adverse effect on competition identified by the commission”.
The competition test proposed by the commission would measure a retailer's local market share before allowing it to open a new store in the area.
“The competition test would not address the planning barrier identified,” said Tesco corporate and legal affairs director Lucy Neville-Rolfe.
“Perversely, it would introduce another barrier into the planning process. The bureaucracy involved would increase delays and costs and could even jeopardise long-term regeneration schemes at a time when Tesco is working hard to keep prices low for customers.”
The Grocer revealed on Saturday that Asda and Morrisons were working on appeals.