AN EIGHT-DAY public inquiry into the proposed supermarket in Shipston starts today (Tuesday 1st October).
Controversial plans to build a supermarket, petrol station, 130 retirement homes, and 54 houses on land north of Campden Road were rejected by Stratford District Council in January.
Developers Ainscough Strategic Land appealed against the decision in March, putting the issue in the hands of a government planning inspector.
For months the supermarket debate divided Shipston, with both pro and anti-supermarket protesters claiming a majority in the town.
The council rejected the supermarket on the edge of town because of the impact it would have on shops in Shipston town centre, and the development’s overall impact on the landscape.
The inquiry, which is expected to last for eight days, is being held at the council’s offices at Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Members of the public may attend the inquiry and express their views, at the discretion of the government inspector.
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