An ongoing proposal to build a large supermarket and petrol station in Shipston-on-Stour has been approved by the Planning Inspector.
The application on Campden Road also includes an extra care apartment facility comprising up to 80 cottages and 50 apartments, as well as residential units with 35 per cent affordable housing. Sixty five jobs would be created at the extra care facility and 110 jobs at the supermarket.
It has divided many in the town and was rejected by Stratford-on-Avon District Council in January 2013. Their concerns were about the impact of the retail store on the viability and vitality of Shipston town centre, and the impact on the landscape.
An appeal against the decision was made by applicant Ainscough Strategic Land, with the inquiry being held initially on October 1-2 2013 and again from July 11-15 last year.
Speaking in his report findings, inspector Philip Ware said: “With respect to the environmental dimension of sustainable development, whilst there would be an effect on the natural environment, this fall far short of an impact which would justify dismissing this appeal.
“The proposal represents sustainable development and would not cause any adverse impacts which would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits.”