Developers Ainscough Strategic Land want to build a supermarket, petrol station, 54 houses and a retirement community of 80 cottages and 50 apartments on land north of Campden Road.

Their application for planning permission was rejected by Stratford District Council in January 2013 because of its impact on both the landscape and Shipston town centre.

Ainscough appealed the decision and so a public inquiry was launched last October.

Resumed on Tuesday, it is expected to last until the end of next week.

The supermarket debate has polarised Shipston in recent years, with ‘Yes’ campaigners arguing it will bring cheaper groceries and make life easier and ‘No’ campaigners worried it will be the death knell for the town centre.

The supermarket is planned for land in between Shipston, right, and the old Norgren factory, left.

The supermarket is planned for land in between Shipston, right, and the old Norgren factory, left.