ON the eve of the most important decision in Shipston-on-Stour for years, planning officers stood by their anti-supermarket recommendation, despite their methods coming under fire.
Tonight, (Thursday) Stratford District Council are deciding whether to grant planning permission for a supermarket, petrol station, and housing, on greenfield land on the edge of Shipston.
In an update released this week, planning officers agreed that an independent report submitted to them did not take into account the financial contributions developers Ainscough Strategic Land were offering the town.
But, the officers concluded that “due to the significant level of impact the proposals would have in terms of the vitality and viability of the town centre, such a contribution would not off-set the negative impact sufficiently to justify changing the recommendation.”
Dr Richard Doidge’s independent report came under fire from Shipston’s pro-supermarket Labour district councillor, Jeff Kenner, who said it only took into account the views of those against the supermarket.
Dr Doidge said Cllr Kenner was clearly entitled to his opinion, but defended his report. “This letter is not flawed,” he said, “and continues to provide a concise, robust and balanced assessment.”
Stratford District Council’s planning committee (east) meets tonight at 6pm in Shipston High School to consider the plan.
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