Traders and residents around the Lane Ends area of Ashton in Preston have expressed their relief that plans for a new convenience store have been rejected.

They had submitted a petition with 1,000 signatures and 317 letters of objection against the Tesco Convenience store planned for the site of the former HSS Lift and Shift base near Tulketh Mill.

Today council officers rejected the plan due to the insufficient parking provision and because it would have an "adverse impact on the vitality and viability of nearby local centres and retail provision" within the area.

Owner of Wilson's Butchers and Delicatessen, Phillip Wilson, said: "I am very pleased that it's not going ahead.

"Most of the customers and shops around here are pleased too.

"They all seem to be of the opinion that we don't need a Tesco around here, we have all the shops we need already."

He said residents of Parker Street where access to the store would have been were also very relieved.

Tesco has a right to appeal to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions and must do so within six months.