Tesco has won a 14-year long battle to open a store in the Norfolk town of Sheringham.

Local townspeople, led by Scamrod (Sheringham Campaign Against Major Retail Over Development), had fought long and hard to prevent the grocery giant from opening, fearing that it would threaten local businesses.

However Tesco has now won permission to build the 17,000 sq ft scheme, with the council voting 8 to 7 in favour, after North Norfolk district council’s chairman cast the deciding vote at the end of a six-hour meeting.

The council said it voted in favour of the scheme, which will sit on a site currently occupied by flats and a community centre, on the grounds that it “conformed with national and local planning policy and would benefit the town”.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We’re delighted by the decision. We’re even more thrilled for the local people who have been asking us to build a supermarket in the town centre.”