CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating after a controversial plan to build a new Tesco supermarket in Basingstoke was rejected.

The supermarket giant applied to build a new 63,000 sq ft store on the old Smiths Industries site in Harrow Way.

On Wednesday evening, members of the development control committee at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council rejected the plan. Their reasons included its effect on local shops and concerns about £4.2million worth of highway improvements to the Brighton Hill roundabout.

Planning officers had recommended the plan for approval.

More than 30 objectors turned up to the meeting at the Civic Offices to make their feelings known.

For the full story, see The Gazette on Monday.