THE eight-day public inquiry into the proposed supermarket in Shipston-on-Stour which was started today has been adjourned until a later date.
The government inspector needs to find out from the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, if an Environmental Impact Assessment is required.
As well as a supermarket, developers Ainscough Strategic Land want to build a petrol station, 130 retirement home and 54 houses on land north of Campden Road in Shipston.
Their application was rejected by Stratford-on-Avon District Council in January because of the impact it would have on shops in Shipston town centre, and the development's overall impact on the landscape.
Ainscough appealed against the decision, taking the issue to a government inspector.
The Shipston supermarket debate divided the town for many months with both pro and anti-supermarket campaigners claiming a majority in the town.
The date the inquiry will resume is not yet known.
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