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Plans for a massive two-storey extension to Sainsbury’s in Chippenham as well as a new two-storey car park have been deferred by councillors.
Members of the Northern Area Planning Committee voted on Wednesday last week to delay the decision after attempts to both grant and refuse permission failed, with councillors on both sides not gaining enough support.
Planning officers had recommended permission for the extensions be granted prior to the meeting.
Chippenham Conservative councillor Pete Hutton had pushed for permission to be granted. He said:
The main thing is to progress this forward.
But Chippenham Chamber of Commerce chairman Rob Perks said he feared trade would be drawn away from the town centre.
If granted, the extension will provide additional sales space, a new off-loading area and an online goods facility.