But yesterday news came through that the council had lost the appeal by Cala Homes against the authority’s refusal of the company’s plan to build 130 homes on the site of the former Norgren site in Shipston.

Councillors were advised to take this into account when considering the Alcester scheme, but the committee members decided they needed more time to examine the implications of the Shipston ruling before making a decision on Alcester.

For a full report and reaction see next week’s newspapers.