Planning officers’ recommendations are ignored by councillors in Hull and Consett

Tesco has won planning permission for two new stores despite planning officers recommending the applications be refused.

Councils approved plans for a 60,000 sq ft store in Consett, County Durham and a 50,000 sq ft store in Anlaby Road, Hull.

Tesco helped gain planning by promising regeneration around the sites and new jobs for local residents.

The new supermarket in Hull will create 330 jobs. Tesco said it will aim to employ local people who have been out of work for at least six months. It said about 180 people had already applied for jobs at the store.

In Consett Tesco promised 250 full and part-time jobs.

Tesco said it planned to spend £2.5m on reclaiming contaminated land, which has remained unused since the steelworks closed 30 years ago, and a pledge of £400,000 towards town centre regeneration.