Malmesbury Waitrose plans get go-ahead

Plans to build a Waitrose store on the outskirts of Malmesbury have been given the go-ahead.

The proposal was put on hold in May after MP James Gray asked the Secretary of State to review the decision made by Wiltshire Council.

The council's planning committee had voted to delegate the plans to the planning department to grant approval, subject to conditions.

Planning minister Nick Boles said the committee had not breached any laws.

Mr Boles said it was, therefore, not a decision for him to make and the council's decision would still stand.

Conservative MP Mr Gray said he did not regret asking Mr Boles to call in the plans.

"The important thing now is to focus on the way forward and making sure the High Street remains vibrant while having the Waitrose down the road," he said.

The supermarket was backed by the town's own neighbourhood plan, which followed a survey of thousands of people.

Liberal Democrat councillor Simon Killane had said the decision "should be made locally".

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