Almost half of English towns are within a 10-minute drive of five or more supermarkets, new research has claimed.
Forty-two percent of towns nationwide are within 10 minutes of five supermarkets, retail consultancy CACI found – a proportion that rises to 58% in the West Midlands.
Last month the Conserative party said that if elected it would revive the old ‘needs test’ – ditched by Labour – governing where supermarkets can develop new stores.
“At the moment if a local authority knocks back a supermarket chain, it simply throws more cash at the application, pulls in the best lawyers and wins on appeal,” Tory MP David Amess told the Daily Mail.
Tories plot return of supermarket ‘needs test’ (23 February 2010)
Commission confirms competition test go-ahead (2 October 2009)