This week The House of Lords will decide on new legislation which will give local authorities the power to protect independent retail.
Labour and Lib Dem amendments to the Localism Bill would allow councils ‘safeguard the character of neighbourhood shopping streets’, The Independent reports.
Labour revisions would require councils to deploy a retail diversity scheme based on what local people want from town centres.
Labour's shadow minister for communities and local government, Jack Dromey, has blamed the ‘Tesco-isation’ of Britain for the High Street decline.
The Localism Bill is designed to give power back to local councils as part of David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’.