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Tesco loses battle to halt 150m development

The 150m Project Jennifer regeneration scheme in Liverpool is set to go ahead after the failure of a Tesco legal challenge.

The scheme, which is backed by St Modwen Developments Limited, will deliver 481 new homes, community facilities, a 110,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s supermarket, 80,000 sq ft of other retail space, and public realm improvements to the Great Homer Street area, in north Liverpool.

Tesco objected to the plans after its own application for a 90,000 sq ft store was blocked following a public enquiry.

A Tesco spokesman said: “Our proposals could have kick started the urgent regeneration and job creation that has been promised for so many years in the Great Homer Street area. We will now be asking Liverpool council for a meeting to discuss the way forward and to ensure that the right investment does still happen here.”

Regional director of St Modwen Michelle Taylor, said: “This is great news for the Project Jennifer scheme and we welcome the court’s favourable decision.

“It has been a frustrating time for all involved. We can now look forward to delivering this transformational scheme for north Liverpool, bringing forward the development that the community has fully supported throughout this long process.”

City council cabinet member for regeneration and councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said: “This is a decision which will be warmly welcomed by the local community. Great Homer Street is an area which needs a comprehensive regeneration project and not just a stand-alone supermarket .The legal challenge has delayed Project Jennifer and caused a lot of frustration but now I would hope that it can go ahead as quickly as is practical and make a real difference to north Liverpool.”