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Ainscough public inquiry in Shipston adjourned
AN eight-day public inquiry into an appeal by Ainscough Strategic Land to build a supermarket and petrol station in Shipston has been adjourned.
The appeal for the development at land north of Campden Road, which started this morning, was adjourned until a future date following the need for a screening direction from the Secretary of State to see if an Environmental Impact Assessment is required for the proposed development.
Ainscough’s plans include an ‘Extra Care’ Retirement Home of up to 80 cottages and 50 apartments, up to 54 houses, community building and open space.
Stratford District Council refused the plans on January 28 and is defending the appeal on the grounds of the impact of retail store on the viability and vitality of Shipston town centre and the impact on the landscape.
The inquiry, which started on Tuesday, was expected to last for eight days at the Council Offices, Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford.
Councillor Richard Cheney, ward member for Shipston at SDC, said: "Although the correct procedures must be followed I do regret the postponement of a decision on this important matter for Shipston and South Warwickshire.
Many people have strong views both for and against the plans for a supermarket in Shipston but I am sure we would all like to see a resolution to this issue which started in 2011 and may well not be decided until 2014."
Fellow ward member, councillor Jeff Kenner, said: "An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was requested by the council at the eleventh hour before the appeal commenced.
"Now the delay will pile further costs on the Council tax payer. An EIA may well not be necessary.
"It is a delaying tactic by a Council that knows it has a weak case and will not listen to local people.
"I am confident that the appeal will ultimately be won. The development will bring jobs and services that the town urgently needs and help to boost trade in the town centre."
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