Asda has been given the planning go-ahead for a huge out-of-town superstore in Telford, after attempts to block the scheme failed.
Another developer, Hark Apollo, had tried to get the government to call in Asda's plans to turn Telford & Wrekin council's offices on the edge of the Shropshire town into a 44,000 sq ft supermarket. Hark wanted Asda to build a store next to its own development in the centre of Telford.
However, secretary of state for Communities and Local Government John Denham has given ASDA the green light to progress its plans for the new store.
A spokesman for ASDA said: “We are delighted that the ASDA application has not been called-in. This now paves the way for major investment in Telford. That investment applies not only to the ASDA scheme but to the entire Southwater development.”