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Property & Construction News - July

Businesses can apply to remove Land Use Restrictions that limit competition against Supermarkets

Businesses can apply to the OFT for removal of land use restrictions limiting competition against any of the UK's seven largest grocery retailers. This measure is to help consumers take advantage of increased local competition.


The OFT will be able to test the level of grocery competition in a local area when an application is made. The stores affected include:

  • Asda Stores Limited,
  • Co-operative Group Limited,
  • Marks and Spencer plc,
  • Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc,
  • J Sainsbury plc,
  • Tesco plc, and
  • Waitrose.

This follows the Groceries Market Investigation (ControlledLand) Order made by the Competition Commission (CC) in 2010 which was made after the CC discovered certain restrictive covenants and exclusivity arrangements could protect supermarkets from local competition from rival grocery outlets.

The OFT press release can be read here.

For further details of the procedure, how it will operate and how businesses can apply, click here.

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