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Malmesbury supermarket plans put on hold
The decision on plans by two rival supermarkets to build a new store in Malmesbury has been shelved until next spring at least.
Wiltshire Council's planning area team leader Tracy Smith has written to both Waitrose and Sainsbury's telling them that their planning applications will not be decided until Malmesbury has completed its area plan.
This means the council will not make a decision until May 2013 at the earliest.
Simon Killane, the town's Wiltshire Council representative, said: "This decision clearly demonstrates the importance that council planning experts associate with our neighbourhood planning initiative.
"The old developer-led way of doing things is dead in Malmesbury and a new community-led era of development can now shape what is best for our neighbourhood."