A public inquiry has begun today (Tuesday) into a planning application to build a supermarket and petrol station north of Campden Road, Shipston-on-Stour.
The plans were refused by Stratford-On-Avon District Council on January 28 due to concerns over the impact of the retail store on the viability and vitality of Shipston town centre, and the impact on the landscape.
But Ainscough Strategic Land appealed against the decision and the council is defending its position.
The inquiry was adjourned today because of the need for a screening direction from the Secretary of State to see if an Environmental Impact Assessment is required for the proposed development.
If approved the development would include a supermarket; petrol station; customer car parking; an Extra Care Retirement Home, comprising up to 80 cottages and 50 apartments; up to 54 houses with 35 per cent affordable housing; a community building; associated access arrangements; open space; allotments and landscaping.
The planning application divided opinion in the town last year with campaign groups speaking out on both sides,
When it resumes inquiry is expected to last eight days with results to be announced in eight weeks and is being held at the Council Offices at Elizabeth House on Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Members of the public may attend the inquiry and express their views at the discretion of the inspector.