Street markets create more jobs, offer a greater range of fresh produce and sell cheaper food than supermarkets, a report by the New Economics Foundation has claimed.

However, the report warns that planning decisions in favour of large supermarkets are forcing market traders out of business.

Guy Rubin, author of the report, said: “The irony is that planning decisions are being taken which are undermining the small enterprises that can prevent us from becoming a nation of clone towns, as well as impoverishing local communities and economies and reducing consumer choice.”