Shropshire

Shrewsbury supermarket recommended for approval

Plans to build a new £10m supermarket in Shropshire have been recommended for approval, despite objections from local residents.

Developers Morbaine said the new store on Hereford Road, Meole Brace, in Shrewsbury would create about 200 jobs.

The Town Centre Residents Association said it opposed the plans because it would take trade away from local firms.

Shropshire council planners said it would "not have a detrimental effect" on town centre businesses.

A report by the council planning team said: "The proposal for a food store and workshop on this site represents a positive response to an opportunity for growth within Shrewsbury.

"This is a site with regeneration potential... where the design and scale of the buildings proposed could help to improve the lives of the local community."

The council said it had received 12 objections.

Shrewsbury Town Council said it was "alarmed" by the proposal because "of a lack of consultation".

It said it strongly objected to the new store because it would create "unnecessary traffic congestion".

The plans will be discussed by Shropshire council on Thursday.

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