CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a supermarket and petrol station away from the town centre in Shipston have been recommended for refusal.

Stratford District Council’s planning committee are meeting on Thursday, January 24 at Shipston High School at 6pm to decide on the plans put forward by Ainscough Strategic Land (ASL).

The plans, which include more than 50 houses and a care home on land north of the Campden Road, have been a talking point in the town for many months.

Rival groups SNAS (Shipston Needs a Supermarket and Petrol Station) was set up to oppose Shipston’s Heart Alive! Campaign (SHA!C) formed to keep Shipston’s town centre thriving.

- Shipston Town Council voted to retain its opposition to ASL development at their meeting on Monday on the Deputy Mayor's casting vote after a 6-6 tie.