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Image caption The new store will be three times larger than the current one

Plans to build a new £50m Sainsbury's superstore in a Merseyside village have been put on hold.

Councillors decided to delay for a "reflection period" after 150 Crosby residents attended a meeting at Bootle Town Hall on Wednesday.

Many said they were concerned the development would harm local shops but others felt the store would "breathe new life" into the area.

The proposal has been recommended for approval by planning officers.

Sainsbury's wants to build a 50,000 sq ft superstore on Moor Lane with spaces for more than 400 cars underneath and on Allengate.

It would be three times the size of the village's current store.

The planning committee said it wanted more time for planning officers to consult with the firm over the appearance of the building and to clarify the impact the store would have on traffic levels.

'Regret it bitterly'

Many feel the huge development would have a negative impact on the area and more than 1,000 have joined a Facebook group called "Save Crosby village from Sainsbury's takeover".

The firm has said if the store is approved it will create more than 150 jobs.

Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson said: "There is such a strength of feeling we need to make the right decision.

"I hope the council and Sainsbury's will take the opportunity with both hands and really explain what is going to happen if this is approved and the impact this could have on the village.

"If we get it wrong people will have to live with it and would regret it bitterly for many years to come."

The plans will be discussed at a meeting in September.

Sainsbury's has not commented on the result of the recent meeting.

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