Scottish actor Tom Conti is fighting plans for a U.K. supermarket giant to open a new store close to his home in north London.

The Oscar-nominated star lives in Hampstead and he is fuming over proposals to open a new Tesco outlet in nearby Belsize Park, insisting the area does not need another big name chain store.

Conti, who is backing a campaign to stop the store opening, tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "It irritates me that huge companies suddenly decide to move into the area that is already well served. It is time to support individual traders in this country, so I am lending a face and support to the campaign... This is disgraceful of Camden Council (if they green light the plan). Their policy takes no account of the effect that this will have on other businesses."

A petition opposing the Tesco store had gathered more than 260 signatures as Wenn went to press.

A spokesman for the supermarket chain says, "We are in the process of sending letters to the local community, inviting their views on the proposed new store and will work closely with them as our plans progress. We consider new store locations where we think we can bring something new and different customers will appreciate."

The news comes as bosses at Tesco announced a series of cost-cutting measures for 2015, including the cancellation of 49 store openings. It is not yet known whether the Belsize Park opening has been scrapped as part of the newly-announced initiative.