Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Bishops Waltham Sainsbury bid backed by planners

Proposed store
Image caption Traders in the village fear they will lose customers if the store is built

Controversial plans for a new supermarket in Bishops Waltham, near Winchester, have been recommended for approval by council officers.

Campaigners have fought a long battle over the new store which will also house the town's doctor's surgery.

The 35,000 sq ft (3,251 sq m) store is planned for the Abbey Mill site in the market town.

The authority said it had received thousands of letters in support and against the development.

The supermarket will help finance the £1.6m relocation of the village's surgery to the site and the store will create more than 300 jobs.

Those against the food store have said it will hurt high street trade.

The final decision will be made when the authority meets at Winchester Guildhall next Thursday.

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