UPDATED THURSDAY 09:00*
PLANS to build a new supermarket on the outskirts of Newport have been approved by Isle of Wight Councillors.
At a special meeting of the planning committee, members voted to approve plans submitted by the supermarket giant Asda, as well as a rival application submitted by South Coast Leisure (SCL), a group of local business people.
Asda has repeatedly said it had no interest in the plans put forward by SCL and already has an agreement with the Isle of Wight Council to use an area of land owned by the authority, close to St George's Park, which is owned by SCL.
The decision means the supermarket will be able to push ahead with its own plan.
The supermarket has said its plans will create 450 jobs, however fears have been raised that the supermarket will drive trade out of the town and hit local businesses.
*Today (Wednesday) Doug Wilson, head of UK Property Communications for ASDA, said in a statement: "We are delighted the council’s planning committee approved our planning application for a new ASDA store on St George’s Way. We will look to begin work on the site later this year with a view to opening the new store in late 2016, early 2017.
"We have already begun discussions with Jobcentre Plus as to how ASDA’s recruitment programme can support the Island’s employment and training priorities and we expect to meet with other Island groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and the trader and tourist organisations as we work on the finer details of the store’s delivery.
"We have had great support from the local community throughout the planning process and we would like to thank everyone for all of their efforts on our behalf. We are very much looking forward to coming to the Island."