A SUPERMARKET giant has won approval to transform an empty Grade II listed building on Kendal's high street into a new outlet.

Twenty jobs will be created after Tesco received permission to move into the former Millets store on Highgate.

It was given the thumbs up by South Lakeland District Council's planning committee despite objections from a neighbour who was worried about the potential disruption from delivery lorries.

Anne Goodman, who owns Mint Cake Cottage, which lies nine metres to the rear of the building, raised fears over noise issues but added: "We want a successful operation that allows residents and businesses to co-exist and controls need to be put in place to allow this."

Mark Thomas, for Tesco, said discussions had taken place to find a happy medium for both parties.

He said 20 jobs will be created and the store, which was supported by Kendal Town Council and Kendal Civic Society, will bring footfall to the town centre.

"It has been vacant since 2013 and will bring the building back into long term use while preserving its heritage," he said. "We have worked to provide a scheme that will be sympathetic to all users."

Objectors were concerned about the use of the rear yard for refuse and staff access and the disturbance to the Rainbow Tavern beer garden caused by deliveries, as well as the increased traffic on Low Fellside.

Members agreed to a condition which will prohibit lorries from accessing the service yard between the hours of 9pm and 8am.

Cllr Bharath Rajan (Labour, Ulverston Central) said: "I think this is one of the best applications I have ever seen for Tesco and support this enthusiastically."

Cllr Joss Curwen (Lib Dem, Broughton) added: "High-street shops should be encouraged because this is what keeps it alive and that is good for the town."

Cllr David Williams (Conservative, Windermere Bowness South) proposed approving the plan and it was seconded by Cllr David Fletcher (Lib Dem, Hawkshead).

Conditions include noise should not exceed 35dB and no construction work can take place between 8pm-6pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm on Saturday.

There were 11 votes for, none against and one abstention.